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American Scientist Centennial

The year 2012 marks American Scientist's 100th year of publication. We're celebrating with classic articles, columns and book reviews; illustrations and covers; and commentary on the magazine through the years. If there's an article you especially remember, or a cartoon that has made you laugh over the years, please let us know. We'll be noting reader favorites as well. All anniversary content will be featured on this page. The party begins with our January–February 2012 issue and continues all year.

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An Illustrative Tradition

The past two decades of American Scientist offer a plethora of illustrations created to help readers better understand scientific concepts. These are a few of our favorites.

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Classic Marginalia

The renowned ecologist G. Evelyn Hutchinson was the first scholar to pen Marginalia in American Scientist, beginning in 1942. This entry, on the dodo's disappearance, is from his last year as Marginalist, 1954.

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"On the Cover" over the Years
Using images to tell (and sell) the scientific story

Since American Scientist became a full-size color magazine in 1970, our covers have nearly covered the breadth of the scientific enterprise. This slide show offers a sampling of the editors' favorites, including those featured in the January–February 2012 print issue along with many more.


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The Experimental Analysis of Behavior
The 1957 American Scientist article, reproduced in full

Many people consider B. F. Skinner to be the founder of the experimental science of behavior. In his 1957 article in American Scientist the renowned scientist reviewed what had been accomplished in the first 45 years of behaviorism and described a number of experiments with both animal and human subjects.

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