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Discover (2-year)

4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Who Reads Discover?
Discover attracts intelligent and curious readers - forward thinkers and public advocates engaging in a dialogue of action that influences opinion leaders and encourages innovation. They are active in their communities, carry a strong voice concerning political issues and are very active in environmental groups.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • Vital Signs: Discover’s longest-running and most popular column. Each month, an emergency room doctor describes and solves a real-life medical mystery.
  • Better Planet: Questioning the choices we make about our environment, and how we affect its overall health.
  • 20 Things You Didn’t Know About...: An exploration of arcane and interesting bits of information that you may not be able to Google.
  • Data: Informative news section with short pieces on breaking science developments.
  • Blinded by Science: A column where humor meets science, written by novelist Bruno Maddox, nominated for the 2007 National Magazine Award, Columns and Commentary.
  • ThinkTech: Discover's monthly look at technology moving out of the lab and into the mainstream.
  • Features: Cover subjects represent a selection of topical science, technology, environmental, global and health issues that affect our life and the world around us. Recent issues include: Year in Science, Dedicated issue, The Secret Einstein, Better Planet, Extreme Engineering, Scientist of the Year.
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Discover draws on the talents of some of America's premier nonfiction writers, including Walter Isaacson, Jared Diamond, Jim Holt, and Carl Zimmer. Some of our contributors are veteran science journalists; others regard science just as one source of great ideas. What they all have in common is a rare ability to conduct deep investigations into the most complex topics and emerge with stories that will entertain and enlighten anyone who appreciates a good narrative.

Magazine Layout:
Discover gives its readers the real story: on-the-scene photography, highly personal portrait shots, and cutting edge scientific imagery. The design is elegant and refined--not dry like a textbook, not glossy and remote like a travel guide. Every issue contains a balance of big-idea, text driven stories and more image-rich features that convey the feel of where and how the most amazing research happens.

Comparisons to Other Magazines:
Discover examines what really matters about science and places it squarely in a human context. It is an accessible guide to the ideas that matter most in today's world. Unlike Scientific American, it is accessible to any curious reader, not just to science insiders. Unlike Popular Science and Popular Mechanics, it focuses on ideas and discoveries, not gadgets and weapons. And unlike National Geographic, it does not shy away from the personal, political, and social aspects of science. Above all, Discover is unique in combining deep, probing reporting with accessible, narrative writing--more in the mode of The New Yorker than in the style of traditional science journalism.

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  • Discover was presented with an award by the American Society of Journalists and Authors for July '07 feature on Science and Islam.
  • MPA Digital Awards 2007 BEST PODCAST SERIES: Recognizes creativity and content innovation in a magazine’s podcast series – Discover’s Vital Signs won 3rd place.
  • 2007 Ellie National Magazine Award Finalist, Columns and Commentary

Amazon.com Review:
Science rules the headlines these days, with new developments each week in genetics, astrophysics, computers, and medicine, and Discover is a great way to get a broad spectrum of science news. Designed for the general reader, Discover translates and interprets many of the same stories professionals peruse in Scientific American. Accessible articles on genetically engineered food, what's living in your pillows, real robots in action, and what makes a Stradivarius sing add up to a truly delightful family science magazine. Each issue brings to light new and newsworthy topics to stimulate dinnertime and water-cooler conversations beyond the mundane, and Discover spices the mix with puzzles, Web links, book reviews, and experiments for amateur scientists. --Therese Littleton

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Discover Media LLC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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179 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites! April 2, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
As a scientist/educator, I enjoy reading about current science being done in all fields, whether neuroscience or astronomy. We get so specialized in our fields sometimes, we forget about the other sciences which we are not personally involved in. This is one of the better science journals for laypeople who have limited background in most sciences. It's great for me, and I have a large background in most sciences. But so much happens in all areas of scientific endeavor that it is impossible to keep up with. So a magazine like Discover helps to close the gap on my personal ignorance in other areas of science besides neuroscience.
Discover is by the same people running Discovery Channel. Their information is good, they do the research, and they often broach difficult and contrary science concepts which may not be mainstream yet. Their writers and editors do an excellent job. My own personal favorite article each month is Vital Signs, from doctors about medical cases that may be strange or that need to be brought to the attention of the public. I always read that first.
This is a good magazine for high school students to have access to in addition to the regular science textbooks. The type of information given often makes science more accessible for high school students. They can see why someone would choose to go into particular fields of science, and why research is needed.
I do not always agree with the information given. Too many times, it seems that Discover and its editors promote ideas or new medical concepts/technology which has not been proven. As always, lay readers should be sure to get a variety of inputs and information, as well as second opinions before accepting what is said by Discover or any other source. An example of this is the retinal implant spoken about in 2001.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year
For years Discover was the best magazine for the lay person or even scientists who wanted to keep track of the trends in other fields of science. Now with a new publisher it has become almost worthless. Very superficial articles are mixed with over blown headlines and poor science. After buying Discover since it's very inception I find it sad what has happened to this magazine. Check the dates and notice the glowing reviews for the old magazine but pay attention to the negative ones from the last 6 months.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has a high scale of Readability December 16, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Yes, the strongest appeal that this magazine has is its readability. The articles, however diverse they are, are not that hard to understand at all. I believe that even younger readers could read them without feeling offended and snobbed by the writing style. This is because Discover is intended for the general public. People who like a beefier telling of scientific issues should read Scientific American instead. But please note: I am not saying that Discover is kid-stuff. It is not.
Points of interest:
1.) In every issue, there is this Neuroquest, a very interesting one page "exploration of the inner workings of the human brain."
2.) The mag also offers Bogglers, a set of brain-teasers/puzzles to give those gray cells something to work on.
3.) And, Science Surfing, do I have to tell you what this is??
So far, all the Discover issues that I have have 92 pages, of which 17-18 pages were devoted to ads.
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83 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lighter side of Science October 26, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Discover is a fun magazine, and a much easier read than Scientific American. Mind you, it does not have the density of it's fellow publication, but I seem to pick Discover up more often lying around the house.

A nice broad range of categories are covered by Discover, with an eye for "topical science." The editors are good at identifying scientific trends (like cloning), and are quick to get articles out. This is a great benefit for those who want to stay knowledgeable about science, but do not have the time to invest in deep research.

As with any science magazine, fantastic pictures fill the pages. Charts and images are well-used to illustrate and clarify unfamiliar topics. A well put-together magazine.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Liter Scientific American. September 6, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year
The present issue was better than it has been for a while. Marion Long's interview with Steven Pinker shed some light on the workings of our brains, & Jeanne Lenzer's article on "Citizen Heal Thyself," was also somewhat instructive. The latter verified what many lay folks & scientists have been saying & believing for some time. That STRESS is the great killer. It keeps our healthy cells from combating a wide variety of illnesses. A persons attitudes also, appear to be self fulfilling as well.

Discover is not as good a magazine as it was say, ten years ago, But, it is trying to reach a far wider & less scientifically knowledgable audience than Scientific American. Therefore, comparisons are a bit unfair. The sections of the magazine like Neuroquest where the inner workings of the brain are explored are good. The brain teasers can also keep one alert & entertained. However, the magazine could certainly improve on the 95 pages having about 15-20 devoted to advertising. On the whole, still a worthy read.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cool science November 26, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I love reading this magazine because it highlights a lot of the science we all can enjoy. I'm no blockhead, but I'm no Ivy League professor either, so I want to read about things that I can (a) understand, and (b) appreciate. Discover is able to accomplish both.
The front-of-book section is excellent for getting a "Reader's Digest"-type version of research people are doing, or nifty gadgets people are building. In that way, I think it can be better than "Scientific American" or other counterparts because it has a broader appeal. Features are often on things I want to know more about -- electricity, weather, DNA research, outer space, robots, etc. Yes, it's a good dose of "pop science" as another reviewer put it, but that's exactly what a lot of people like, and if that description fits you, you're in for some good reading.
It's better than watching most tv programs, any way, and a lot cheaper as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover
Love the magazine for years. Good price on my renewal. Keeps you up to today's technology with many in depth articles.
Published 5 days ago by Peter J. Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Alien Worlds on Earth
Very Interesting. Discover articles are always informative, and alwys worth the time to read, and keep for future reference.
I always keep back issues.
Published 1 month ago by John L. Mehlmauer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love science you will look forward to this magazine every month
I am a biologist and love science in general. I enjoy reading bits and pieces of other areas of science that this magazine supplies
Published 2 months ago by Deborah S Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Magazine
I enjoy the different style of photography in this journal. It is a great alternative to National Geographic. It is excellent to look at once in a while.
Published 3 months ago by Vytautas Baronas Leita
1.0 out of 5 stars Will renew without your consent !
mediocre magazine, good for reading in the bathroom. Shallow and vague articles. AND THEY CHARGED A RENEWAL WITHOUT MY CONSENT ! ie they will steal
Published 3 months ago by Cuzzin It
5.0 out of 5 stars Always something new
If you enjoy keeping up with science, this is a magazine to read. It is always something interesting and never boring.
Published 3 months ago by Michael L. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of interesting info
The only problem I have is not enough time to sit and read it cover to cover. I have to pick and choose the most important articles to me. I've learned a lot.
Published 3 months ago by J. E. Young
2.0 out of 5 stars I was a fan until they sent a DVD I did not ask for with a bill or...
I loved this magazine until today when I received a Discover Ultimate DVD library DVD today with an note saying I will owe them $12. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anne Arendt
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you Discover?
This is the only magazine I subscribe to. I used to love magazine. At one point, I think I had 6 concurrent subscriptions to various things. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dark Harden
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Magine
My favorite magazine, only to be followed by Popular Science - which is a must have also. A good mix of all sciences.
Published 6 months ago by Terry Carr @ Work
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Do I detect a trend indicating a downward trend in the quality of Discover?
Let's see: the latest issue features such awesome science stories as, "Is Iraq the Last War," and "Wade Davis on Zombies."
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Amazon is able to negotiate good prices with publishers, and sell their magazines to the Amazon.com customers. But once the magazine is sold, it is publisher who sends you the copies, so publisher is the one usually responsible for all issues and changes to your subscription.
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Try discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/in-no-time/
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