Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination

Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination

by Eric S. Rabkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275987191

ISBN-13: 9780275987190

Pub. Date: 06/30/2005

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

What is Mars? From the ancients to the present, we have imagined Mars repeatedly and studied it longingly. As scientific knowledge of Mars has changed, so has the cultural imagination of this celestial neighbors. The earth-centered beginnings of astronomy connected the blood-red planet with the God of War. The Copernican Revolution and a later, simple

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What is Mars? From the ancients to the present, we have imagined Mars repeatedly and studied it longingly. As scientific knowledge of Mars has changed, so has the cultural imagination of this celestial neighbors. The earth-centered beginnings of astronomy connected the blood-red planet with the God of War. The Copernican Revolution and a later, simple mistranslation from Italian supported fantastic visions of distant Mars as the abode of life variously bizarre, ideal, or malignant. In the work of H. G. Wells and Orson Welles, in books, films, radio, and television, Mars reflected not only eternal hopes and fears but then-current political realities. In recent years, NASA-fication has brought Mars home, imagining the Red Planet almost as an eighth continent of Earth, a candidate for exploration and exploitation both in fiction and in fact. Rabkin weaves a chronological tale of many threads, including mythology, astrology, astronomy, literary criticism, and cultural studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275987190
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Red Light in the Black Sky

Starry Night

Ancient Egypt: Har Decher

The Idealized Solar System

What Was A Planet?

Mesopotamia: Negral

Ancient Greece: Ares

Ancient Rome: Mars

The Sunset of Mars

Changes in Venus

Metaphorical Mars

Ptolemy

The Observation of the Planets

Astrological Symbols

Days of the Week

Alchemy

The Mars Symbol

Nicolaus Copernicus: Reorganizing the Universe

Johannes Kepler: Putting Mars in Its Place

Galileo Galilei: Questions of Authority

Evangelista Torricelli: How Space Became Empty

Christian Huygens: Other Earths?

Giovanni Cassini: Very, Very Carefully

Isaac Newton: One Big Universe

Mars on Their Minds

Jonathan Swift: Imaginary Travels

William Herschel: Stars and Mars

The Solar System Today

Asaph Hall: The Sons of Mars

Giovanni Schiaparelli: Gaining in Translation

Camille Flammarion: Astrophile Extraordinaire

Percival Lowell: A Glorious Obsession

Percival Lowell: Mapping Mars and Martians

H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds

H.G. Wells: Another View From Mars

A World Ready to Believe

Mark Wicks: A Lowellian Utopia

Edgar Rice Burroughs: Mars and America

Mars: The Bar vrom Barsoom

Dead Mars?

Orson Wells: The War of the Worlds Broadcast

Marvin the Martian: Playing sith Aliens

Ray Bradbury: An American Fairyland

George Pal: The War of the Worlds Again

Spacecraft: Us v. Them

Off to Camp

Chemosphere

Robert A. Heinlein: The Martian Savior

Enter NASA

My Favorite Martian

The Age of Aquarius

The Face on Mars

Mars Attacks!

Leaving Earth Behind

Mars Today

Phobos and Deimos Today

Men Are from Mars

The Nasafication of Mars

Mars: The Eighth Continent

Marscape

Terraforming Mars

Red Rover

Water on Mars

Land of Spirit and Opportunity

August, 2003

The Beagle Hasn't Landed

A-Roving We Will Go

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