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Celebrating 170 Years of Scientific American

From world-changing inventions to discoveries that shaped our understanding the natural world, a look back at the evolution of the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S.

15 Surprises about Scientific American

Scientific American's parent company, Macmillan Science & Education strives to be both a place where curious minds gather together to achieve great things for our customers—and where we can, working together as a company, be more than the sum of our parts...

February 22, 2015 — Mariette DiChristina

Evolution of the Scientific American Logo

Scientific American's logotype has undergone subtle shifts, large leaps and occasional bouts of nostalgia. The image series below outlines the history of the publication's identity, starting with its debut in August 1845 as weekly devoted primarily to inventions...

March 6, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Scientific American Fan

When the famed astrophysicist needed to select a college, he turned to the pages of Scientific American for help. Years later, our profile about him turned out to be his favorite...

August 27, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Lee Billings and Benjamin Meyers
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World