Mars: From Myth and Mystery to Recent Discoveries by Markus HotakainenMars: From Myth and Mystery to Recent Discoveries by Markus Hotakainen

Mars: From Myth and Mystery to Recent Discoveries

byMarkus Hotakainen

Hardcover | November 25, 2008

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MARS ON OUR MINDS No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own . . . - Herbert George Wells: War of the Worlds (1898) Yes, they would. And they did, actually very firmly. In the last years of the nineteenth century it was almost an established fact that there were intelligences greater than that of humans and that they were residing on our planetary neighbor, Mars. Ever since those days, people have been waiting for the attack of the little green creatures of the Red Planet with fear, even with fear verging on panic. For a long time "Martian"has been synonymous with "extraterrestrial being. " Knowledge about Mars has increased tremendously since the end of the nineteenth century. A mysterious world shrouded in myth was first mapped with the aid of telescopes and then later imaged by planetary probes. Thus, our celestial sibling has become ever more familiar to us and a more everyday part of our culture. A substantial portion of science fiction is focused on Mars or on our own imaginary voyages to the Red Planet. In the world of movies Mars has symbolized the threat of communism, the fear of everything new and strange, and a future utopia for humanity.
Title:Mars: From Myth and Mystery to Recent DiscoveriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:273 pagesPublished:November 25, 2008Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387765077

ISBN - 13:9780387765075

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Table of Contents

Fourth Rock from the Sun.- God of War, Heavenly Body.- Martian Canal Engineers.- Planetary Ups and Downs.- Unidentical Twins.- The New Mars.- Museum of Water.- Dead or Alive?.- Gallery Mars.- Fear and Panic.- One Really Giant Leap.- Green Thumbs of the Red Planet.- Little Green Persons.- Mars Rocks!.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"With an easily readable, understandable style . Hotakainen begins this book with a long history of Mars, particularly concentrating on the early-20th-century speculations that the planet contained canals indicating the presence of intelligent life. . There is an excellent colored map of Mars near the back flap, many photographs accompanied by good explanations . . Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Libraries serving general readers, lower- and upper-division undergraduates, and two-year technical program students." (W. E. Howard, Choice, Vol. 46 (9), May, 2009)"The book covers the early observers like Herschel, Schiaparelli and Lowell right through the latest space missions of NASA in the USA and now ESA in Europe. The style is light-hearted, almost flippant in places, and non-technical, as befits a book aimed at a general readership. . As a beautifully presented, very readable, not-too-technical but scientifically respectable and up-to-date account of interesting things about Mars, the latest contribution . about the Red Planet is to be welcomed by interested non-specialists everywhere." (F. W. Taylor, Contemporary Physics, November, 2009)