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Science, Technology and the Western Miracle

Close links between the growth of scientific knowledge and the rise of technology have permitted the market economies of the Western nations to achieve unprecedented prosperity

By Nathan Rosenberg and L. E. Birdzell Jr.

Black Holes in Galactic Centers

Some holes power brilliant quasars; most seem to lie dormant in relatively quiet galaxies like our own. Understanding these massive objects will help reconstruct the early history of the universe

By Martin J. Rees

The Meaning of Dreams

Dreams may reflect a fundamental aspect of mammalian memory processing. Crucial information acquired during the waking state may be reprocessed during sleep

By Jonathan Winson

Knot Theory and Statistical Mechanics

Mathematical theories developed for quantum physics forge a connection between these two disparate fields

By Vaughan F. R. Jones

A Roman Factory

Most historians hold that the Romans failed to develop the technology of mechanized production because slave labor was so cheap. The ruins at Barbegal in France tell another story

By A. Trevor Hodge

The Mechanical Design of Insect Wings

Subtle details of engineering and design, which no man-made airfoil can match, reveal how insect wings are remarkably adapted to the acrobatics of flight

By Robin J. Wootton

Diminishing Dimensions

By Elizabeth Corcoran

Departments

  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: November 1990

  • "A Great Poison"

  • Questions About a Major Herbicide

  • The Ø's have it

  • Terrorist Shrimp Kidnaps for Defense

  • Trojan Cow

  • Light Motif

  • Stinging Criticism

  • Liquid Sky

  • Recovery Drill

  • Overview: Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Gene Therapy

  • Electronic Earful

  • Bug-Eyed

  • A Million Watts of Light

  • Letters

    Errata

  • Letters to the Editor, November 1990

  • TechnoFiles

    Not Biochips?

  • Recommended

    Books, November 1990

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Mathematical Recreations, November 1990

  • Departments

    The Analytical Economist, November 1990

  • Essay: Competing in the World's Computer Market

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November 1990

Think Outside the Gift Box