Mars

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1895 - Mars (Planet) - 228 pages
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Page 205 - A mind of no mean order would seem to have presided over the system we see— a mind certainly of considerably more comprehensiveness than that which presides over the various departments of our own public works.
Page 181 - ... canals, their strangely systematic shapes, their seasonal darkening, and last, but not least, the resemblance of the great continental regions of Mars to the deserts of the earth, — a solution of their character suggests itself at once : to wit, that they are oases in the midst of that desert, and not wholly innocent of design ; for, in number, position, shape, and behavior, the oases turn out as typical and peculiar a feature of Mars as the canals themselves. Each phenomenon is highly suggestive...
Page 125 - ... their appearance that, had we possessed our present knowledge of the planet's physical condition before, we might almost have predicted what we see as criterion of the presence of living beings. What confronts us is this : — When the great continental areas, the reddishochre portions of the...
Page 200 - Mars, and suppose him to be constructed three times as large as a human being in every dimension. If he were on Earth, he would weigh twenty-seven times as much, but on the surface of Mars, since gravity there is only about one third of what it is here, he would weigh but nine times as much. The cross-section of his muscles would be nine times as great. Therefore the ratio of his supporting power to the weight he must support would be the same as ours. Consequently, he would be able to stand with...
Page 132 - ... Perrotin at Nice first did so. The occasion was the setting-up of the great Nice glass of twenty-nine inches aperture. In spite of the great size of the glass, however, a first attempt resulted in nothing but failure. So did a second, and Perrotin was on the point of abandoning the search altogether when, on the 15th of the month, he suddenly detected one of the canals, the Phison. His assistant, M. Thollon, saw it immediately afterward. After this they managed to make out several others, some...
Page 206 - ... been educated to the performance, and so forth and so on, in hypotheses each more astounding than its predecessor, commend themselves to man, if only by such means he may escape the admission of anything approaching his kind. Surely all this is puerile, and should as speedily as possible be outgrown. It is simply an instinct like any other, the projection of the instinct of self-preservation.
Page 130 - The world, however, was anything but prepared for the revelation, and, when he announced what he had seen, promptly proceeded to disbelieve him. Schiaparelli had the misfortune to be ahead of his times, and the yet greater misfortune to remain so ; for not only did no one else see the lines at that opposition, but no one else succeeded in doing so at subsequent ones.
Page 195 - ... a network of markings covering the disc precisely counterparting what a system of irrigation would look like; and, lastly, that there is a set of spots placed where we should expect to find the lands thus artificially fertilized, and behaving as such constructed oases should.

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