When Chemtchr Fell in Love with Science

Diane Ravitch's blog

This wonderful comment was posted in response to my article in “Scientific American”:

“This is very special for me, because 51 years ago, on July 25 1962, my mother gave me a subscription to Scientific American for my 13th birthday. She bought me the current issue, cut out the subscription form and mailed it, and then gift-wrapped the magazine. She also baked me a heart-shaped cake (make a 9″ square one, and a 9” round one, and cut the round one in half, and lay out the heart).

I had only bought one issue before that; this one:
http://backissues.com/issue/Scientific-American-September-1961
I lived on an unpaved road in rural Florida, with a front row seat on the rollout of the greatest discoveries in cell biology.

It was from this magazine I learned what the military industrial complex was, studying the ads for mysterious entities like Rand Corporation. The editors had no more…

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