Incisive, convincing, even entertaining, it is a landmark volume that reveals, explains, and puts into perspective one of the most exciting chapters in the history of visual planetary astronomy.
—Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Planets and Perception
will interest most anyone who has ever looked through a telescope and offers the psychology oriented reader a unique case history in the processes of perception.
We need to learn what it was about Galileo, Cassini or Herschel that made them right. But before we can find the answer to that question, we need to know how Schiaparelli and many of his contemporaries could be so wrong. Sheehan's account goes a long way toward answering that question.
This is a well-accomplished and thought-provoking work. . . . An important and accessible contribution.
A great read on the early history of telescopes in the pursuit of planetary information.