Study Guide

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Allusions

By Robert Heinlein

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

Science References

  • Waldos (1.30)
  • Tycho Under (1.96; 3.52, 3.122; 11.8; 22.19)
  • Law of Gravitation (2.36)
  • Dinosaurs (9.45)—Because dinosaurs.
  • Mare Crisium (9.177; 24.29)
  • Mare Undarum (9.180; 15.63; 22.32)
  • Sinus Medii (11.8)
  • Pi (12.26)—At least, the number is likely a shout-out to Pi, but the number should read "3.14159" and not "3.14157." Just sayin'.
  • Heisenberg principle (12.7)
  • The speed of light (15.47)
  • Nanda Devi (18.21)
  • Chimborazo (18.48)
  • Aconcagua (18.48)
  • Altiplano (18.48)
  • The Tibetan Plateau (18.48)
  • Mount McKinley (18.48)
  • Mauna Loa (18.48)
  • Mars (18.48)
  • Lenin Peak (18.51)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro (18.52)
  • Popocatépetl (18.52)
  • Mount Logan (18.52)
  • El Libertador (18.52)

Pop Culture References