Mars: From Myth and Mystery to Recent Discoveries

Hardcover | November 25, 2008

byMarkus Hotakainen

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This absorbing book tells the story of Mars since the dawn of mankind's curiosity for celestial wonders. It covers everything, right from our ancient beliefs, through the revolution in our concepts of the cosmos around us in the 1600s, to the present day knowledge and beyond. It takes the reader on a journey all the way to the futuristic visions of science fiction and terraformed Mars with conditions suitable to Earth life. The story is told in a readable form with an absence of technical jargon. The text is supported by informative imagery and a simple, but inspiring layout with some special features such as a "flip movie" of the rotation of Mars.

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This absorbing book tells the story of Mars since the dawn of mankind's curiosity for celestial wonders. It covers everything, right from our ancient beliefs, through the revolution in our concepts of the cosmos around us in the 1600s, to the present day knowledge and beyond. It takes the reader on a journey all the way to the futurist...

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Mars has always been shrouded in mystery. It is very difficult to resolve through a telescope. For many centuries it remained just a reddish blur in the sky. Even in ancient times, its blood-red color evoked fear and gave rise to myths and legends that are still with us today. Over the centuries, bits and pieces of data on Mars have ac...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:273 pages, 3.44 × 2.5 × 0.27 inPublished:November 25, 2008Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387765077

ISBN - 13:9780387765075

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Foreword.-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!- Author's Final Note and Acknowledgements.- For Reference and Further Reading.- Appendix A: Finnish Mars Research.- Appendix B.- Mars Probes.- Index.

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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)