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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Scientific American stability

 From Scientific American comes this tale of longevity:
"Mariette DiChristina Named Scientific American Editor in Chief

DiChristina is the eighth person to assume the top post in the magazine's 164-year history and the first woman to hold the position. She has been the acting editor in chief since this past June after the departure of then editor-in-chief, John Rennie."

So, the 7 previous editors have held the post 164 years, or better than 20 years each.

The copy of Scientific American I read on the train tonight is a bit different than the ones I remember as a kid, but it's been a gradual evolution and the articles still have those fantastic graphics that explain difficult concepts in a simple, understandable way.  If there was a Nobel Prize for science illustrations, Scientific American would have won it many times over. 

The only thing I miss now from the Scientific American of my youth is Martin Gardner's math column. It's too bad they've not been able to find a good substitute for it after Martin retired from Scientific American -- but it's nice to know Gardner is still alive and well.