Scientific American

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a popular-science magazine, published (first weekly and later monthly) since August 28, 1845, making it the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. It brings articles about new and innovative research to the amateur and lay audience.


Publication history

  • First series in 14 volumes published weekly from August 28, 1845 until June 25, 1859.
  • Second series began on July 2, 1859 as a weekly and continued thus until 1921 when it merged with Scientific American Monthly, and continued as a monthly from November 1921 until the present. Volume number 128 was used twice. Most recently volume 299 has been issued in the second half of 2008.
  • Scientific American Supplement was a monthly published in 88 volumes between 1876 and 1919.
  • Scientific American Monthly superseded the supplement, and was published in four volumes until October 1921.
  • Scientific American Building Monthly began in November 1885, was renamed the Scientific American. Architects and Builders Edition the following month, and continued with that name until December 1901, and became Scientific American. Building Edition until June 1905, after a total of 39 volumes. In July 1905 it was superseded by American Homes and Gardens which lasted until September 1915, when it merged with House & Garden. That publication has announced that the December 2007 issue will be its last.
  • A monthly export edition was produced with separate paging with América cientifica between January 1895 and February 1903.
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First series[edit]


Second series[edit]