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May marks the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the infamous “Monkey Law,” which prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee public schools. Adopted in 1925, the law led to the trial of John T. Scopes, a 24-year-old science teacher who was convicted of teaching evolution in his classroom. The verdict was later overturned, but the fight between religious fundamentalism and biological theory continues in American classrooms today.

In honor of the demise of the Monkey Law, we’re offering a free download of our January 1959 issue with the article, “A Witness for the Scopes Trial.”

Table Of Contents


  • Trace-Element Deserts
  • The Staphylococcus Problem
  • The Microcirculation of the Blood
  • The Atomic Nucleus
  • Salt Glands
  • Molecular Sieves
  • Dying Stars
  • A Witness at the Scopes Trial


  • Science and the Citizen: January 1959
  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: January 1959
  • Mathematical Games
  • Letters to the Editors, January 1959
  • Errata
  • Books
  • The Amateur Scientist
  • The Authors
  • Bibliography

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