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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best, December 8, 2002
This review is from: New Scientist - Us Edition (Magazine)
I've read many, many science magazines from "Discovery" and "Scientific American" through professional journals (astronomy and computer science) and I can say without qualification that "New Scientist" is the very best. The quality of writing is high and the articles are cutting-edge science, plus an "Inside Science" in-depth feature (the issue I'm currently reading has a lead-in to its 'Inside Science' article: "They eat stars for breakfast. They flout the laws of physics. But do black holes really exist and what would you see if you fell into one?") The side-texts connected to the article are labelled: "Don't Panic!;" "Spaceman Turns to Spaghetti;" and "Black Hole Factories on Earth. There are illustrations of the evolution of a star into a black hole, "The Tardis Effect," "How the Sky Falls in," and "Signals from a Binary System." There are also references to websites and printed literature for further research.

The writing in "New Scientist" is not as stodgy as in "Scientific American" and not as watered-down as in "Discovery." Plus it comes every week (more or less, since I live in America and it ships from Great Britain). I usually sit down and read it from cover to cover, even the NewScientist Jobs section (which is now tailored for Americans if that's where you happen to live).

If you subscribe to "New Scientist," you are also given access to their online archive of articles.

Two drawbacks: "New Scientist" is rather pricey and many of the jokes are incomprehensibly British.
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Initial post: Dec 8, 2012 6:19:33 PM PST
Jason says:
I can't swing the $154 subscription rate... what's the next best science-based magazine out there?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 6:24:30 AM PST
E. A. Lovitt says:
"Scientific American" has changed over its format to be more like "New Scientist" but it is a monthly rather than a weekly.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 1:57:15 PM PST
If you are a student, they offer a rate of 65.00 annually through their website.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 1:57:18 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 12:47:41 PM PST
kj55552009 says:
You can get it for $100/year from here (includes print and web versions):
https://subscribe.newscientist.com/

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 4:21:02 PM PST
E. A. Lovitt says:
That's good to know, because I think I paid around $120 the last time I subscribed.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 10:44:44 AM PDT
How often is the magazine published? It seems that Amazon is charging on a per issue basis, but incorrectly as to term - they are describing NS as a weekly, with a 51 issue annual subscription.

Isn't NS a monthly publication?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 4:19:08 AM PDT
E. A. Lovitt says:
It's a weekly magazine. I think I pay about $130/year for the privilege of receiving it every week.
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