Scientific American’s “Special Collector’s Edition” series are published two to four times per year and are sold at newsstands, bookstores, airport and transportation shops, as well as leading supermarkets and pharmacies. Each Special Collector's Edition contains articles previously published in Scientific American and/or Scientific American Mind subscription issues, as well as online and supplementary articles.
Special Collector’s Editions are available for purchase in digital format and in print, and are not included with a subscription.
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All issues of Scientific American and Scientific American Mind are available in digital format for purchase. Search our Archive to view and purchase single issues, a subscription package, or to give a gift.
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Mind magazine is no longer offered in print, and back issues of Mind in print are extremely limited. Please contact us at the numbers above to see if the issue you want is still available in print. Mind magazine's last issue published in print was May/June of 2017.
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