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|Title||:||Mars And Its Canals|
|Number of Pages||:||444 Pages|
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Mars And Its Canals Reviews
This recently came up on Project Gutenberg, so I gave it a whirl. Oh, my. The writing style is rather dense and it's a DNF; I only dipped in piecemeal. And I don't think it's worth reading in its entirety, except to a historian of astronomy.This is also an object lesson in some kind of delusion, I suppose. Student scientists should all be required to view little fuzzy photographs of the period (circa 1906) then view Lowell's drawings of the Martian canals to compare. And then read at least parts of the chapter on the canals, and the chapter on "Life" -- yes, I mean the chapter about life on Mars -- in which Lowell states, for starters: Study of the fundamental features of Martian topography has disclosed, as we have seen, the existence of vegetation on the planet as the only rational explanation of the dark markings there...And when you've done that, you might want to check out a more recent book like Geographies of Mars: Seeing and Knowing the Red Planet.
Mars and Its Canals was written in 1905 by the "amateur" astronomer Percival Lowell. He built his own observatory outside of Flagstaff, AZ, and did extensive research on Martian topography. Extrapolating what he knew about evolutionary development on Earth, Lowell poisted that there was most likely at least vegatative life on Mars, maybe more.Now we know the canals were mere illusionary effects, but Lowell's application of the knowledge of the time comes across as facially plausible.I downloaded this ebook from the Library of Congress website, and it was an utter mess. It was filled with formatting and scanning mistakes from front to back. Nothing of this inexcusably poor quality would ever be put out there by Project Gutenberg. If the LOC is the country's foremost library, we are in even more trouble than we thought.