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The Sirens of Mars: Scientist gets up close and personal in search for life on Mars

Science: The Sirens of Mars

Sarah Stewart Johnson

Allen Lane, 288 pages, hardcover €25; e-book £9.99

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Refined: Sarah Stewart Johnson is a charming guide to the Red Planet

Refined: Sarah Stewart Johnson is a charming guide to the Red Planet

The Sirens of Mars by Sarah Stewart Johnson

The Sirens of Mars by Sarah Stewart Johnson

Planet Mars.

Planet Mars.

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Refined: Sarah Stewart Johnson is a charming guide to the Red Planet

Mars has long been a source of deep fascination for humans. Since ancient times, we have been studying the Red Planet, observing its movements, pondering its nature, speculating. Perhaps most importantly, we've searched it for signs of life.

As Sarah Stewart Johnson points out in this beautifully crafted melange of science and memoir, modern scientific developments created a profound malaise in humanity. Faced with proof that the universe is a cold, indifferent, mostly empty and inconceivably gargantuan place, despair can set in.


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