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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

Any anniversary celebration of American Scientist would be incomplete without highlighting the magazine’s illustrations, one of its most defining features. In two installments this year, we are sharing examples of the range of illustrations created to accompany articles published within the past two decades, when the magazine’s visual tradition truly bloomed. Issue after issue, staff and freelance artists have found innovative ways to communicate the complex and beautiful enterprise that is science. Each assignment, they say, is a new opportunity to invent an approach to showing complicated things in original and accessible ways.

To view the images and information about their sources, click the full-screen button at the lower right-hand corner of the box below. You may navigate using the arrow keys at lower left.


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