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Spring 1999

Volume 14, Issue 4


The beekeeping industry is essential to agribusiness, yet it relies on technology whose major breakthrough came in 1851 and whose every activity must accommodate the unalterable social universe of an insect

Fifty years ago newspapers thought they had found a new method for competing with radio—via fax

Howard H. Aiken’s Mark I announced to the world the power of the computer

When Frederick W. Taylor applied his principle of “the one best way” to golf, the acclaim was less than unanimous

“This thing belongs in the Smithsonian!” How many times have you heard somebody say that? Yet the nation’s attic can accept only a small fraction of what it is offered. Two curators explain how they decide what’s worth preserving.

If it’s like 90 percent of American houses, it is built differently from houses everywhere else in the world, by a method that grew up on the old Midwestern frontier


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