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Scientific American

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This magazine is designed for technically educated professionals and managers who have a positive predisposition to read about, get involved with and act on a broad range of the physical and social sciences. Its articles and features anticipate what the breakthroughs and the news will be in a society increasingly dependent upon scientific and technological advances.

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  • Format: Magazine
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  • Publisher: Scientific American
  • ASIN: B00008DP07
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
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319 of 345 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less depth, but still good February 18, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Scientific American was once a great magazine, but now it is just a good magazine. I read Scientific American as a teenager in the 80's, I read it as a student and as an engineer in the 90's and I am still reading Scientific American and subscribing to it. Even today I enjoy reading Scientific American very much, but I am not pleased with the fact that the depth of the articles has decreased.

In the olden days the writers for Scientific American were not afraid of putting mathematical formulas, algorithms, in depth analysis, and statistics as well as references to research articles in their articles. Today's Scientific American is not written by scientists, but by journalists and free lancers.

It used to be that scientists and engineers interested in fields outside their own areas of expertise were the magazine's target audience. Now, however, Scientific American is aimed at general readers who are interested in science. Scientific American is now looking more like Discover magazine. In my opinion Discover magazine and Scientific American should complement each other (in depth reading vs. light reading) and not be so similar.

Another wrong turn that they have taken is that they have become slightly political with a noticeable left-wing agenda. For example, the attack on Björn Lomborg should never have occurred and would have been unthinkable 15 years ago. Scientific American should be apolitical in my opinion. I understand that these changes were made for business reasons.

However, the illustrations are great, the topics are varied and include, for example, medicine, physics, chemistry, biology, cosmology, artificial intelligence, economics, geology, archeology, and social science.
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253 of 284 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The sad, sad demise of a once-great magazine... January 4, 2011
Subscription Term Name:6 months
UPDATE - an hour after I wrote the following review I checked out American Scientist magazine - I am now a proud subscriber. AmSci is everything that SciAm used to be! I'll keep my SciAm subscription for another year, and then will probably drop SciAm.

I'm so frustrated with Sci Am I could scream. I've been a subscriber since 1975; I have all the back issues lovingly stored in expensive magazine cases. I used to look forward to each new issue with excited, joyful anticipation. Now I dread the arrival of each pitiful rag. The only reason I have not dropped my subscription is the fading hope that they will fire most of the editorial board, starting with DiChristina, who is doing her best to morph SciAm into a Frankenstein's Monster of Popular Science (she used to be the editor of PopSci).

The "new" format is just another step down the long road to failure. The glued-binding keeps the magazine from sitting flat on a table, and if a page is torn there is no easy way to repair it.

It is distressingly skinny, a mere 82-96 pages per issue. When I complain about this, the response is that paper and ink are so, so terribly expensive - but if that is the problem, why do they squander page after page with either full-color pictures and graphics that add nothing to the content, or even worse, waste almost all of a page with nothing at all - no text, no images? Can't they afford to pay for a few thousand more words to fill the empty space? Here's a list of the wasted pages in the January 2011 issue: 34,35,40,41,46,47,half of 52, 53,58,65,half of 69,72,78, half of 79 and half of 88! This represents nearly 20% of the pages available for non-advertising content!
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142 of 167 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for an update - Welcome back! May 8, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Yes, I'm one of those who sadly dropped my subscription over a decade ago, when the magazine abandoned content written by scientists in favour of populist journalism written by staff.

Before that, I had been a faithful subscriber and enthusiastic reader since the early 1970s.

I now subscribe to American Scientist. I'm not a scientist, but I like my updates on science to be dinkum, as we say in Australia.

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That's what I wrote back in 2007, and I still think it was true then.

But emboldened by comments on my review, I bought the December 2012 edition to see if I still think it's true now. I don't. While I wasn't watching, someone has picked up my one-time favourite magazine out of the gutter of glib populism, and given it status again.

Welcome back, Sci Am!

The letters pages once again debate and enlarge topics from past articles. The prose has stopped trying to be cute and undemanding, and is again written to inform and lead the mind. The tone has returned to literate adult discourse. Content is written by real scientists, and by journalists who know science and like it. The investigative piece on pharmacology research and big pharma pulls no punches.

Boy, what a relief!

One small point: my airport copy cost AUD$15.95, stickered over a cover price of USD$5.99. With the two currencies hovering within a bull's roar of parity, that looks like an opportunity for a parallel importer.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad decline of a once great journal December 20, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal
Scientific American was once the premier scientific journal for the educated reader with an interest in science. Every article was written by a researcher in that field, and nothing was dumbed down. Every October, SciAm published a special issue that covered just one topic in depth, and these special issues presented the state of the art in that area in a way that was readable and understandable to the non-specialist, but at the same time could have served as a text for the student in that area. Some of those special issues were re-published as book, and when I was a grad student, the special issue on The Brain was actually used as a text for one of my seminars.

Today's SciAm is a sad, pale, echo of that once great journal. Most of the pieces are short, superficial, one or two page essays that can be quickly skimmed over. Much of the content deals with policy issues, not the underlying science. And whereas mathematics is the common language of science, the tool that (as a friend once remarked) keeps scientists honest, there's not a whisper of it in today's SciAm- a particularly sad thing given that one of the most popular features in the old SciAm was Martin Gardner's column on recreational mathematics! Gone also is the Amateur Scientist, a section in which serious amateurs would present their research programs, complete with detailed drawings of apparatus. It was here I first read about experimental rocketry, constructing computers (in the 1960s!) and building telescopes.

When I was a student in middle school, forty years ago, I found much of the math daunting, but that only spurred me on to study more and learn the tools that would unlock the knowledge found in the articles. Today, it's a magazine that requires nothing of the reader. Facts are presented in a superficial way as absolute truths, and the magazine is designed to be skimmed over, and discarded. A sad end to a once great journal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great magazine
Published 2 days ago by Stephen E. Rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientific American: A Lifelong Habit
I've been reading Scientific American since I was 8, Scientific American can do no wrong. TRy it read it, When you encounter an article that is way beyond your learning, read it as... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Brian Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended to all curious minds!
Wonderfull source of interesting articles in all fields of science!
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Best explanation of current scientific developments, and their implications for the rest of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars over 100 years giving you science
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Published 1 month ago by James R. Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better to purchase a one year subscription than individually at...
I buy this magazine every year for my husband for a father's day gift. He loves this magazine. Much better to purchase a one year subscription than individually at the stores.
Published 2 months ago by Marsha McAlpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy way to keep up to date on scientific breakthroughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best general magazines on science
Still one of the best general magazines on science. Great way to keep up of a wide range of topics.
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