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Representing Scientists: Heroism, Adventure, and the Geographical Outlook

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/9780226470795.003.0004
Representing Scientists: Heroism, Adventure, and the Geographical Outlook

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This chapter examines the representation of the most influential Mars astronomers who were often represented as heroes, travelers, and adventurers. It shows that astronomers' use of a geographical persona to legitimate their claims allowed them to rely on audiences' strong preconceptions about geographical exploration and heroic adventuring. This chapter contends that astronomers' choices about how to represent themselves were very important in convincing professional colleagues and popular audiences that their claims about Martian geography were legitimate.

Keywords: Mars astronomers; geographical persona; geographical exploration; heroism; adventure; Martian geography

Chapter.  15963 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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