Is Mars Habitable?

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 - 1913)

In 1907 Wallace wrote the short book Is Mars Habitable? to criticize the claims made by Percival Lowell that there were Martian canals built by intelligent beings. Wallace did months of research, consulted various experts, and produced his own scientific analysis of the martian climate and atmospheric conditions. Among other things Wallace pointed out that spectroscopic analysis had shown no signs of water vapour in the Martian atmosphere, that Lowell's analysis of Mars's climate was seriously flawed and badly overestimated the surface temperature, and that low atmospheric pressure would make liquid water, let alone a planet girding irrigation system, impossible. (from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Caliban
Play 01 Early Observers of Mars Caliban
Play 02 Mr. Lowell's Discoveries and Theories Caliban
Play 03 The Climate and Physiography of Mars Caliban
Play 04 Is Animal Life Possible on Mars? Caliban
Play 05 Temperature on Mars - Mr. Lowell's Estimate Caliban
Play 06 A New Estimate of the Temperature on Mars Caliban
Play 07 A Suggestion as to the "Canals" of Mars Caliban
Play 08 Page Summary and Conclusion Caliban