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Posted by davor (Member # 3073) on February 24, 2005, 09:04:
 
I'm not sure to which magazine to subscribe American Scientist or Popular Science? Which one is better?
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on February 24, 2005, 09:11:
 
Why, New Scientist, of course. [Smile]
 
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on February 24, 2005, 09:23:
 
I prefer Scientific American ...
 
Posted by Allan (Member # 1717) on February 24, 2005, 10:00:
 
quote:
Originally posted by HalfVast:
I prefer Scientific American ...

is anyone else thinking Judean Peoples Front?
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on February 24, 2005, 10:05:
 
I vote for New Scientist too. [thumbsup]

Even better, MacWorld UK, since it has the JoT comic in it. [Razz]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on February 24, 2005, 10:08:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Allan:
quote:
Originally posted by HalfVast:
I prefer Scientific American ...

is anyone else thinking Judean Peoples Front?
Splitter!
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on February 24, 2005, 10:25:
 
Popular Science is complete and utter trash.

And from a CS point of view, still with a healthy dose of the physical/life sciences, I highly recommend Technology Review.
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on February 24, 2005, 10:41:
 
Modern Drunkard is my fav.

 -
 
Posted by Black Widow (Member # 3046) on February 24, 2005, 10:43:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Allan:
is anyone else thinking Judean Peoples Front?

Don't you mean the Peoples' Front of Judea? [Razz]
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on February 24, 2005, 11:03:
 
Popular Science is trash ... no real info, and 95% of the articles are on either new cars (Zzzzz) or military equipment statistics. Boo!

I prefer Discover, MIT Technology Review, and Scientific American (I subscribe to the first two, and "borrow" a friend's copy of SA whenever I get the chance).

That new Make magazine (by O'Reilly?) might be decent - has anyone heard anything about it?
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on February 24, 2005, 12:21:
 
I get AI Magazine, and that's all. (Though I used to receive MacTech.) If there is any info worth being known, I have Radio-Canada's site, Wired, and the Geek Culture fora! From there, I know how to google if I need to know more.

Closer to the question at hand, Popular science is meant for Average Joe. If you're anywhere over the average, or want serious info, forget it. On the other hand, I'm always cautious of a magazine whose name follows the pattern {country name or adjective}+{field or field-related name}, as they tend to explore news from their geographic area and only overview news from others parts of the world. So I'll also vote for New Scientist.
 
Posted by TMBWITW,PB (Member # 1734) on February 24, 2005, 15:27:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Black Widow:
quote:
Originally posted by Allan:
is anyone else thinking Judean Peoples Front?

Don't you mean the Peoples' Front of Judea? [Razz]
I thought we were the Popular Front? [Razz]
 
Posted by Serenak (Member # 2950) on February 24, 2005, 15:46:
 
Judean People's Popular Front...????

"Suicide squad, commit suicide..."

But my eyes are weary and my legs are rheumy...

... ... ... (meaningless elipsese, just because...)


[Big Grin] [evil]
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on February 24, 2005, 17:48:
 
Easyriders is a nice educational read.
 
Posted by Spiderman (Member # 1609) on February 24, 2005, 17:57:
 
A relative who lives close by subscribes to Popular Science and gives me the magazines after she's finished with them.

The "Best of what's new" section can be interesting, though I come across most of that information from various websites already. Past that, I've become increasingly disgusted by the politically biased articles and often useless information that make up the other articles of most of their magazines.

I don't subscribe to any of the others mentioned, but I definitely recommend staying away from PopSci.
 
Posted by i_need_a_pillow (Member # 2765) on February 25, 2005, 04:34:
 
I like Technology Review; it's very informative. I agree with the Popular Science comments, as most of them state why I cancelled my subscription several months ago. I haven't read Scientific American...may have to check it out.

quote:
Originally posted by magefile:
That new Make magazine (by O'Reilly?) might be decent - has anyone heard anything about it?

I had been thinking about buying that. I read the /. review when the first issue came out and liked what I heard, so I went ahead and subscribed. I haven't received the first issue yet (though I am supposed to receive the premier issue within the next week or two), but I'll post my thoughts on it when it comes in.
 
Posted by jordanv (Member # 3189) on February 25, 2005, 04:46:
 
You could always subscribe to Playboy for the articles...?

hey i get a 40% student discount on New Scientist.

Science has never really been my leaning but I wouldn't mind learning something new. Do you recommend it for a somewhat science noob?

Personally I subscribe to The Economist, Foreign Affairs and Odyssey (a Greek magazine).

I also regularly grab copies of BBC history, History Today and Philosophy Now.
 
Posted by skylar (Member # 1422) on February 25, 2005, 05:18:
 
quote:
Originally posted by jordanv:
Personally I subscribe to The Economist...

The Economist* RULES [Big Grin]

-sky

* - But...but... I'm a student!.. shouldn't that be beer?

Would also recommend subscribing to Private Eye and The New Yorker... but neither of these are science-y, so just don't listen to me [Razz]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on February 25, 2005, 05:24:
 
quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
Would also recommend subscribing to Private Eye ...

Mmm... defo. What about Viz, Skylie? [Smile]
 
Posted by skylar (Member # 1422) on February 25, 2005, 05:47:
 
Ahhhh, Viz.

It all started when a six year old me innocently asked her fourteen year old cousin: "Whatchya reading?"

I shouldn't have asked.

Viz and I have had a 'special relationship' ever since then... in that, when I'm drunk, I act more like a Viz character than I would ever usually admit [crazy]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on February 25, 2005, 06:47:
 
quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
... when I'm drunk, I act more like a Viz character than I would ever usually admit [crazy]

Sooo, which one, precisely? Surely not Biffa Bacon.

Me, I like Norbert Colon - he's tight as a gnat's chuff! [Wink]
 
Posted by merr (Member # 2193) on February 25, 2005, 08:51:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Allan:
quote:
Originally posted by HalfVast:
I prefer Scientific American ...

is anyone else thinking Judean Peoples Front?
HA! I wasn't. But, I am now.
 
Posted by MTB Babe (Member # 2297) on February 25, 2005, 10:25:
 
I like Discovery myself [Razz]
 
Posted by RScottV (Member # 3540) on February 25, 2005, 21:28:
 
Of the two choices that you gave in your post, SA is the more "hard science" choice and PS is more pop-culture. The articles in SA are written by people who are actual researchers in the field that they are writing about. PS is written more by journalists. I like both at times for different reasons, but my current fave for science writing is Wired.
 
Posted by orion (Member # 3439) on March 02, 2005, 10:58:
 
any one read edge? published by future publishing?
 
Posted by Luxxie (Member # 3549) on March 05, 2005, 13:09:
 
Hey whatever happened to Zoo Books? Everyone knows that the real hardcore scientists rely on Zoo Books for all of their...hardcore scientific needs. Um, yeah.

Seriously though, I would definitely recommend New Scientist. Slightly off topic, but did anyone see this article about the origins of teenage rebellion? lol If only my parents had read that back in the day...

Oh wait, I was a goody goody. Nevermind. [blush]
 
Posted by Cheraw (Member # 4438) on October 07, 2005, 00:42:
 
I still prefer National Geographic, for its photos of nude women with wondrously pendulant breasts and men with improbable penis sheaths. 'Course, I used to like the Sears and Roebuck catalogue, for its underwear section,

These days, we have to settle for "Victoria's Secret" which is run by a good friend of mine.

Cheraw
 
Posted by ChildeRoland (Member # 3880) on October 07, 2005, 04:01:
 
Wired doesn't even do "science writing" it's all a bunch of "what's trendy" BS anymore.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on October 07, 2005, 06:34:
 
MIT's Technology Review. DDJ. Linux Journal.
 
Posted by ASM65816 (Member # 712) on October 07, 2005, 07:42:
 
Popular Mechanics! ... They had an article where Jay Leno got a motorcycle with a helicopter jet engine in it. Over 320 hp, perfect for everyone!   [Wink]

No, wait it gets "only 4 to 6 mpg."   [Eek!]

http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/sub_coll_leno/1302876.html

For cool historical stuff: Invention & Technology
  http://inventionandtechnology.com/
 
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