Tone: Detailed, Scientific, Historical
Take Away: Professor David A. Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University, presents an extensive examination of the history of the scientific study of Mars. From the days of the earliest telescopes, humans have been obsessed with Mars. He explains the progression of methods, theories, mistakes and breakthroughs by scientists through history. Although understandable, even for a non-scientist like me, it can get technical and a little dry. Worth reading if you are interested in understanding more about scientific methods, papers, and the history of the study of Mars. You can read my post about travel to Mars here.
How I discovered this title: A presentation at the Pacific Science Center by the author. Interesting talk. He says it isn’t a question of IF we go to Mars, but WHEN. However, he is concerned about the possibility that humans will contaminate any form of “life” that might exist there. If so, we may lose our opportunity to learn about the evolution of life on Earth or the universe.
Have you read it? What do you think?