April 15, 2014

6:00 PM | The Editor's Letter From The May 2014 Issue Of Popular Science
Cliff Ransom Photo by Marius Bugge On December 8, 1903, Samuel Pierpont Langley set out to achieve the first manned, powered plane flight. Langley was an experienced designer of flying machines, the head of the Smithsonian Institution, and funded by the U. S. War Department. If anyone was positioned for success, it was he. But moments after he launched his Aerodrome A, the aircraft collapsed in midair and plummeted into the Potomac River. Nine days later, two bicycle mechanics from Dayton, […]

March 18, 2014

5:35 PM | The Editor's Letter From The April 2014 Issue Of Popular Science Magazine
The Virtues Of Curiosity Marius Bugge Albert Einstein had no shortage of colorful quotes, but my favorite is perhaps his best known. In a letter to the biographer Carl Seelig in 1952, he wrote, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” When Einstein penned those words, he was already the world’s most celebrated scientist, the winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize, and one of the creators of modern physics. Yet he fobbed off his achievements on something as […]
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