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Placing the Red Planet: Meanings in the Martian Landscape

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/9780226470795.003.0005
Placing the Red Planet: Meanings in the Martian Landscape

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This chapter examines the cultural and intellectual meanings that Mars science carried at the turn of the century. It discusses the views of British and American intellectuals on Mars science, including Percival Lowell and Alfred Russel Wallace and highlights the reliance on geographical and political theories. This chapter also argues that the most widely remarked themes from the inhabited-Mars hypothesis had strong connections to contemporary debates regarding the control of terrestrial landscapes and peoples.

Keywords: Mars science; Percival Lowell; Alfred Russel Wallace; geographical theories; political theories; inhabited-Mars hypothesis; terrestrial landscapes

Chapter.  15799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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