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Representing Scientific Sites: Vision and Fieldwork at the Mountain Observatories

in Geographies of Mars

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226470788
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470795 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226470795.003.0003
Representing Scientific Sites: Vision and Fieldwork at the Mountain Observatories

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This chapter examines the sites or locations where Mars science was produced and legitimized. It explains that the era of the Martian canal sensation coincided with a critical spatial transition in the discipline of astronomy and during this transition high-altitude and mountain sites became a locus of legitimacy in north American and European astronomy. This chapter traces the development of rhetoric and imagery related to high-altitude vision and work in publications about Mars and discusses the ways that astronomers working on Mars topics disrupted their discipline's attempt to set universal legitimacy standards. It also argues that mountain representation played a critical and complex role in the cultivation of legitimacy.

Keywords: Mars science; Martian canal; astronomy; high-altitude vision; legitimacy standards; mountain representation; Mars; astronomers

Chapter.  11759 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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