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Landmark Articles Highlight Scientific American's 170 years

Since 1845, Scientific American has chronicled ideas and inventions that have changed the world. On the following pages, we present highlights from our archives on evolution, the cosmos, the brain and other topics, including a few written for us by our 155 Nobel Prize–winning authors

December 9, 2015

Math Can Equal Fun

Harvey Mudd College math professor Arthur Benjamin talks about his new book The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why
 

November 20, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

How to Do Quantum Magnetic Levitation at Home

Air jets and sound waves can be used to levitate objects. But the strangest way of all taps the quantum effects of superconductors. Game developer, space traveler and friend of Scientific American Richard Garriott glides through the demonstration.

November 17, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings

Teaching Machines to Learn on Their Own

Stephen Hoover, CEO of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, talks with Scientific American tech editor Larry Greenemeier about the revolution underway in machine learning, in which the machine eventually programs itself
 

November 10, 2015 — Larry Greenemeier and Steve Mirsky

TV Crime Shows Influence Sex Consent Views

College students who watched episodes of the various Law & Order episodes had a better understanding of sexual consent issues than those who watched two other crime procedural franchises  

October 22, 2015 — Erika Beras

Why More Scientists Are Needed in the Public Square

The president of one of the country's leading research university systems argues that the academic community has to make sure researchers and scientists engage with the general public

October 13, 2015 — Janet Napolitano President, University of California and The Conversation US