Life and Death on Mars: The New Mars Synthesis Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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"An epic work of science noir -- J. Bottaro, PhD
"a fascinating exploration of the scientific and cultural impact of Mars on Humanity -- J. McCabe, Aerospace Engineer
About the Author
John E. Brandenburg Ph.D. is the Senior Propulsion Scientist at Orbital Technologies Corporation in Madison Wisconsin, and is well known writer and researcher into Mars and whether there is life there-or was in the past!
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On many many pages of this book that begins with ancient Egyptian and other culture's perception of the red planet, named for Mars the God of War, and progresses in a well-written way to our current discoveries that were initiated by the investigation of a meteorite from Mars that fell into Egypt in 1928. But what makes Brandenburg's book such a fine read is the manner in which he succinctly traces the history of man from ancient days through the Cold War and the concurrent exploration of space to the photographs of the planet Mars taken by our spacecraft most recently. Not only does he pause long enough at each point in history to offer insights but he also accompanies these stopovers with photographs and images that enhance the information he is sharing. In the middle of the book are beautiful color photographs of the surface of mars and its surroundings along with heat maps and graphs that explain Brandenburg's theses.
But the drama of Brandenburg's book is his discussion of the nuclear catastrophe that turned the once 'earthlike' planet into a wasteland - going so far as to discuss why we earthlings are biologically and culturally the children of Mars! All of this is so well written that it reads like a novel - and makes the reader wonder if the book is based on the famous Orson Welles 1938 radio show 'The War of the Worlds' that terrified the nation. But the fanciful ideas in this book are followed by scientific data that describe findings on Mars that support Brandenburg's ideas. In the end the author emphasizes that if we are indeed the children of Mars then we should learn lessons from the past and live life more attuned to the possibilities of nuclear annihilation and take preventive measures.
In short, this is a book for all readers - science fiction, history, fantasy, and humanist centered. And is is a marvelously entertaining little book! Grady Harp, April 11
If you're interested in Mars but are tired of the official academia attitude of "nothing to see here folks, move along, Mars has always been a cold lifeless dry rock", then you should like this book. Plus, it is fast reading so you're not making a huge commitment of your time by buying this.
A lot of the photos and sketches in the book are just funny about the history of Mars. But the technical Photos and sketches are really great. The book goes back in forth a lot between really interesting technical information and badly research history. He stresses that there was once life in some form there which is a given with recent research on Mars.The really interesting part is chapter 10, it covers uranium, thorium xenon on mars.
It seems like radiation is going to be a problem to solve going and coming and staying on mars. Information in the form of Data taken by the Mars Science Laboratory's Radiation Assessment Detector(RAD) from Curiosity's interplanetary journey to Mars shows large exposures to radiation.
This was confirmed and published in Science Magazine on May 31 2013 issue. Chapter 10 of this book touches on this problem years before that space probe Curiosity was sent to Mars. So the Author is ahead of his times predicting this Radiation Problem in Chapter 10. The Author is right on the money for this subject.
I had high hopes for this book but I was disappointed. The good thing is he does touch on a lot of scentific information that is not commonly known. For that alone the book is worth buying.
I just wish he had done a better job writting this book. His focusing on the technical information is very good. The book is touchy on the history and myths which are still important and interesting, but that part could have been better written.
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