Scientific American

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Scientific American
description Popular science journal
language English
publishing company Nature Publishing Group (United States)
Headquarters New York City
First edition August 28, 1845
Frequency of publication per month
Editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina
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Scientific American (abbreviated: SciAm ) is one of the oldest and most respected popular science journals in the world .


Scientific American was founded by Rufus Porter and appeared in the USA on August 28, 1845, initially as a four-page weekly newspaper.

Initially, the magazine dealt with new patents that were registered in the USA. Later one turned to scientific work, which, edited accordingly, is presented in an understandable way to the broader public. Renowned scientists such as B. Albert Einstein , have published articles there.

In 1986 the Nature Publishing Group and Scientific American were sold to the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group .

Chief Editor ( English editor-in-chief ) from 1994 to 2009 John Rennie and from 2009 to September 2019 Mariette DiChristina . Laura Helmuth has been editor-in-chief since April 2020. Well-known columnists include a. Kate Marvel .

Prior to the US presidential election in 2020 , Scientific American made an election recommendation for the first time and justified this with Donald Trump's “rejection of evidence and science ”.

International editions

In 1968 the Italian edition, Le Scienze, was introduced. Nikkei Science followed in 1971.

Since 1976 there has been a Spanish ( Investigación y Ciencia ), since 1977 a French ( Pour la Science ) and since 1978 a German edition of Scientific American (title: Spectrum of Science ).

Kexue , the first western magazine in the PRC , has existed since 1979 . In 1983 W mire nauki first appeared in what was then the Soviet Union .

Scientific American Supplement

Scientific American magazine published a weekly issue from 1876 to 1919.

Web links

Commons : Scientific American  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Stories by Mariette DiChristina
  4. THE EDITOR: Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden. Retrieved September 16, 2020 (English).
  5. Oldest US science magazine calls for the election of Joe Biden
  6. Archive with some issues of the Scientific American Supplement (English)