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American Scientist Classics

Perennially popular feature articles from past issues:

Figure 5. Although this side-elevation of the <em>Beagle</em> by...

H.M.S. Beagle, 1820–1870

Keith Thomson

The life and times of the ship that carried Darwin on his famous voyage.

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Doctors Wanted: No Women Need Apply and The Hidden Malpractice

Elizabeth C. Patterson

A 1978 review of Doctors Wanted: No Women Need Apply: Sexual Barriers in the Medical Profession, 1835–1975, by Mary Roth Walsh, and The Hidden Malpractice:How American Medicine Treats Women as Patients and Professionals, by Gena Corea

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Food Production and Its Consequences

Margaret Dittemore

A 1978 review of Food Production and Its Consequences, by Philip E. L. Smith

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The Ultimate Experiment: Man-Made Evolution

Yaakou Schechter

A 1978 review of The Ultimate Experiment: Man-Made Evolution, by Nicholas Wade

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Machine Takeover

Peter M. Will

A 1978 review of Machine Takeover: The Growing Threat to Human Freedom in a Computer-Controlled Society, by Frank George

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Ecology and Environment

Jay Martin Anderson

A 1974 review of Ecology and Environment: Civilized Man’s Eight Deadly Sins, by Konrad Lorenz, translated by Marjorie Kerr Wilson

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Alternatives to the Internal Combustion Engine

John B. Heywood

A 1973 review of Alternatives to the Internal Combustion Engine: Impacts on Environmental Quality, by Robert U. Ayres and Richard P. McKenna

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Clouds of the World

Barry Saltzman

A 1973 review of Clouds of the World: A Complete Color Encyclopedia, by Richard Scorer

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Patterning of Time

Ernest R. Hilgard

A 1972 review of Patterning of Time, by Leonard W. Doob

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Civilizing American Cities, Autokind vs. Mankind and Anatomy of a Park

Paul J. Mitarachi

A 1972 review of Civilizing American Cities, by Frederick Law Olmstead, edited by S. B. Sutton; Autokind vs. Mankind, by Kenneth R. Schneider; and Anatomy of a Park, by Albert J. Rutledge

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Mathematical Models of Arms Control and Disarmament

Gerald H. Kramer

A 1969 review of Mathematical Models of Arms Control & Disarmament: Application of Mathematical Structures to Politics, by T. L. Saaty

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Sex Is for Real

Mary S. Calderone

A 1969 review of Sex Is for Real (Human Sexuality & Sexual Responsibility), by W. Dalrymple

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How the Owl Tracks Its Prey

Masakazu Konishi

Experiments with trained barn owls reveal how their acute sense of hearing enables them to catch prey in the dark

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75 Reasons to Become a Scientist

The Editors

American Scientist celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary

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100 Reasons to Become a Scientist or Engineer

The Editors

On our 75th anniversary, we collected 75 reasons. Now we've added 25 more

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Science Light

American Scientist has run cartoons in its pages since 1970. Here we offer a selection of our favorites.

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The Soap Film: An Analogue Computer

Cyril Isenberg

Soap films provide a simple method of obtaining analogue solutions to some mathematical problems

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Dodos and Solitaires

G. Evelyn Hutchinson

This classic Marginalia on the dodo's disappearance was first published in 1954

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The Experimental Analysis of Behavior

B. F. Skinner

The 1957 American Scientist article, reproduced in full

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Harlow Shapley, Virginia Trimble

An American Scientist classic article

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The Recovery of Spirit Lake

Douglas Larson

A natural calamity provides scientists with a rare opportunity to study the rejuvenation of a once-pristine lake

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The Origin of Animal Body Plans

Douglas Erwin, James Valentine, David Jablonski

Molecular biology provides insights into the Early Cambrian explosion

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Science in 2006

Lewis Branscomb

A scientist in 2006 looks back on the two decades of extraordinary progress, change and controversy that followed Sigma Xi's Centennial

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Rising Scores on Intelligence Tests

Ulric Neisser

Test scores are certainly going up all over the world, but whether intelligence itself has risen remains controversial

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A Review of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, by Michael J. Behe

Robert L. Dorit

This review originally appeared in the September-October 1997 issue of American Scientist.

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The Ecology of Lyme-Disease Risk

Richard Ostfeld

Complex interactions between seemingly unconnected phenomena determine risk of exposure to this expanding disease

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Brian Hayes

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Fullerene Nanotubes: C1,000,000 and Beyond

Boris Yakobson, Richard Smalley

Some unusual new molecules—long, hollow fibers with tantalizing electronic and mechanical properties—have joined diamonds and graphite in the carbon family

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Machine Politics

Brian Hayes

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Robert Provine

The study of laughter provides a novel approach to the mechanisms and evolution of vocal production, perception and social behavior

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The Beginnings of Life on Earth

Christian de Duve

The cradle of life may have been an acrid, boiling brew, reeking of volcanic hydrogen sulfide-laden fumes

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The Square Root of NOT

Brian Hayes

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The Role of Intelligence in Modern Society

Earl Hunt

Are social changes dividing us into intellectual haves and have-nots? The question pushed aside in the 1970s is back, and the issues are far from simple

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Chimpanzee Hunting Behavior and Human Evolution

Craig Stanford

Chimpanzees are efficient predators that use meat as a political and reproductive tool. Are there implications for the evolution of human behavior?

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Ethical Problems in Academic Research

Judith Swazey, Melissa Anderson, Karen Louis

A survey of doctoral candidates and faculty raises important questions about the ethical environment of graduate education and research

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The Science of Scientific Writing

George Gopen, Judith Swan

If the reader is to grasp what the writer means, the writer must understand what the reader needs

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