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"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."
- Anna Quindlen

Reading progress update: I've read 168 out of 347 pages.

Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science - Carl Sagan

On the naming of Martian landforms:


Another suggestion, made by a European savant, was to name each volcano "Mons" (mountain) followed by the name of a principal Roman deity in the appropriate Latin genitive case: thus, Mons Martes, Mons Jovis and Mons Veneris.  I objected that at least the last of these had been pre-empted by quite a different field of human activity.  The reply was: "Oh, I hadn't heard."