Geographers of Mars

  title={Geographers of Mars},
  author={K. Maria D. Lane},
  pages={477 - 506}
  • K. Lane
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Geography
  • Isis
Over two decades spanning the turn of the twentieth century, astronomers’ claims about the landscape and climate of Mars spurred widespread scientific and popular interest in the possibility that the red planet might be inhabited. This essay offers a new explanation for the power with which the notion of an inhabited Mars gripped noted scholars and everyday citizens on both sides of the Atlantic. Rather than pointing to a rekindling of age‐old philosophical interest in the plurality of worlds… 
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