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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?



    The post about the 1905 telescope-making manual got me to reflecting on the
    decline of Scientific American and especially the "amateur scientist"
    column. When I was in high school in the early '70's I spent many lunch
    hours in the school library pouring over back issues. One day in the late
    '70's when I was kicking around NYC I stopped by their office and bought a
    copy of Vol. One of Amateur Telescope Making. This was before they sold
    the publishing rights. So with all of that as an introduction, here is my
    question-

    Does anyone know when Scientific American dropped the "amateur scientist"
    column and more-or-less simultaneously began their slide into today's
    relative mediocrity?

    By the way, am I alone in this opinion?

    thanks-

    Dan Rea
    Casper Wyoming
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    60-mph gusts?

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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?


    "DB Rea" <danielb@trib.com> wrote in message
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    Can't answer the question, but did you know that every column since it began
    is available on CD?



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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?

    DB Rea wrote:

    There can be only one reason: Circulation. Did it work? Dunno!

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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?

    Or ad revenue, of course.

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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?

    It is now a paphlet, like Time. Some mags (In a feeble attempt to
    appear normal) have
    taken to reducing the width and height of the magazine so they can
    maintain thickness.
    Magazines are untimely and they are dying.


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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?

    DB Rea wrote:


    The final column was March 2001.



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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?

    The discontinuation of the Amateur Scientist column was one of the
    great disasters of the 20th century.

    If you doubt my opinion, show me what other resources to inspire and
    nuture math and science in literature replaced it?

    The answer : None.

    I still mourn its passing.

    TMT


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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?

    DB Rea wrote:


    I think it was sometime in the late 80's. Considering how good (at
    least from the POV of a young nerd) the magazine was, it's drop to
    'PopScience' status is all the more distressing.



    Not at all. I'm not clear on the exact year the magazine started it's
    downward plunge, but I remember a good 1984 article on tornadoes. Other
    memorable articles included Hans Bethe (!) writing about supernova
    theory. From the early 90s on, the rag has been worthless, although it
    seems to have improved slightly over the last year or so.

    -Greg


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    "Stop throwing the Constitution in my face, it’s just a goddamned piece
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    Default OT Scientific American dropped "amateur scientist"-what year?

    On Sat, 14 Jan 2006 02:46:31 GMT, Phil Wheeler <w6tuh-ng7@yahoo.com>
    wrote, in part:


    They dropped their "Mathematical Games" column when Martin Gardner
    retired.

    As for "The Amateur Scientist", the author of that column has passed
    away. If they could have found even a *near* replacement for him, they
    would perhaps have had a new column with a similar title.

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    "Too_Many_Tools" <too_many_tools@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:1137217327.311958.20810@g49g2000cwa.googlegro ups.com...
    According to TMT the column was dropped
    in the 21st Century.

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