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Summer 1985


Volume 1, Issue 1

FEATURES

Behind Jonas Salk’s triumph lay the work of hundreds of doctors and scientists over several decades—and considerable controversy

Popular Mechanics has been exalting new technology—high, low, and imagined—since 1902

Digging anew through the voluminous papers of Thomas Edison, scholars are constructing a fresh, more accurate and revealing understanding of his greatest invention

The great Hale Telescope, with its 200-inch mirror, is still the masterpiece of American astronomical engineering

With modern quality control it has reached new limits of precision

A distinguished historian discusses America’s inventive past—a past that has created “not only new machinery but a sort of new world”—and ponders how we might benefit from understanding it better

An insightful book shows just how eloquent graphs and charts can be

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