On the Cover
March-April 2009 Volume 97, Number 2
The first transistor was a relatively monstrous device, about half an
inch tall. Nowadays there can be up to a billion transistors on a tiny
silicon chip, and hundreds of chips are fabricated simultaneously on a
silicon wafer. ...
We’ve learned to predict typhoons. What is required to predict the floods they bring?
How to gamble if you must—the mathematics of optimal stopping
The basic unit of the computer revolution has changed in form, material and fabrication, but nothing has come along in half a century to displace it
A collection of decryption techniques and the analysis of various texts combine in the breaking of a 200-year-old code
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A review of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, by Rose George, The Last Taboo: Opening the Door on the Global Sanitation Crisis, by Maggie Black and Ben Fawcett, and The Culture Of Flushing: A Social and Legal History of Sewage, by Jamie Benidickson. George and Black and Fawcett offer an NGO’s-eye view of a feces-smothered world in search of solutions, says Hamlin. But can it really be true, as Benidickson’s legal history of hydraulic sanitation suggests, that public health is founded in private property and is a private matter?
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