Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination

Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination

Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination

Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination

Synopsis

"In this book Eric Rabkin weaves a chronological tale of many threads, including mythology, astrology, astronomy, literary criticism, and cultural studies. More than 60 brief chapters focus on people, events, or phenomena concerning the eternal object of curiosity, Mars. This series of readable, illustrated chapters can be sampled at will for the fun of discovery, read sequentially as a connected history, or enjoyed as a resource for the contemplation. Featuring over 100 illustrations, this unique examination of humanity's most storied companion serves as a resource for the study of ourselves." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

From before the ancestors of humanity lifted their eyes to the sky, the red light looked down on the Earth watching, waiting, unique. On a clear night, far from the lights of human habitation, you can find that light. Gaze at it and, if you have very good eyesight and the heating and cooling of the Earth and atmosphere does not cause too much wavering, this is what you would see: a faint, pale red, impossibly distant pinprick that grows somewhat blurry as you stare. What is it?

If you do this night after night, you will see it move, move even among the other lights, the white lights. There is something special about this light, unique in color, perhaps unique in its bold trespass of the fixed order of the heavens.

What should we make of it? (See color illustrations at the center of the book.) . . .

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