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Percival Lowell (1855 – 1916)

Amateur astronomer.
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Percival Lowell
Are physical forces alone at work there, or has evolution begotten something more complex, something not unakin to what we know on Earth as life?
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So far as thought may peer into the past, the epic of our solar system began with a great catastrophe. Two suns met. What had been, ceased; what was to be, arose. Fatal to both progenitors, the event dated a stupendous cosmic birth.
War is a survival among us from savage times and affects now chiefly the boyish and unthinking element of the nation.

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The whole object of science is to synthesize, and so simplify; and did we but know the uttermost of a subject we could make it singularly clear.
Lowell Percival
In the great desert of northern Arizona the traveller, threading his way across a sage-brush and cacti plain shut in by abrupt-sided shelves of land rising here and there some hundreds of feet higher, suddenly comes upon a petrified forest.
Percival Lowell quotes
Formulae are the anaesthetics of thought, not its stimulants and to make any one think is far better worth while than cramming him with ill-considered, and therefore indigestible, learning.
Percival Lowell
That Mars is inhabited by beings of some sort or other we may consider as certain as it is uncertain what these beings may be.
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