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Max The Magnificent
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Re: The decline of "Scientific American"
Max The Magnificent   10/27/2016 12:18:29 PM
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@perl_geek: ..."profundity through obscurity"...

Oooh -- I'll be using that myself before long LOL

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Re: The decline of "Scientific American"
Max The Magnificent   10/27/2016 12:16:54 PM
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@perl_geek: ...has the quality of "Scientific American" declined sadly over recent years?...

Hard to say -- I just look at the pictures LOL

I guess you might be right, but I don;t have any problems with it the way it is -- I use it as just one more way to keep my finger on the pulse of what's happening out there in the big wide world.

 

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The decline of "Scientific American"
perl_geek   10/27/2016 12:12:58 PM
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Is it my imagination, or has the quality of "Scientific American" declined sadly over recent years?

It used to be at about the smart undergraduate level, academic papers illustrated and edited for clarity, (rather than "profundity through obscurity"). Now it's closer to the politically correct media consensus.

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Re: It better be good :)
Max The Magnificent   10/26/2016 1:47:23 PM
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@alex: So you don't mix with the rif-raf, i.e. Amazon reviewers ?

What are you talking about -- I am the riff-raff LOL  In addition to posting reviews on Amazon myself, I always check the reviews there -- so even if I saw what appeared to be an interesting book in Scientific American, if the Amazon reviews are low then I tend to pass it by.

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Re: It better be good :)
Max The Magnificent   10/26/2016 1:45:00 PM
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@antedeluvian: Do you subscribe, or do you browse at bookstores and the  dentist's office?

I subscribe to Scientific American and Discover Magazine (and Reader's Digest :-)  I used to subscribe to Time, but I didn;t have the time to read it LOL

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Re: It better be good :)
alex_m1   10/26/2016 1:17:12 PM
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Max, Thanks. 

So you don't mix with the rif-raf, i.e. Amazon reviewers ? 

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Re: It better be good :)
alex_m1   10/26/2016 1:17:11 PM
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Max, Thanks. 

So you don't mix with the rif-raf, i.e. Amazon reviewers ? 

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Re: It better be good :)
antedeluvian   10/26/2016 1:08:09 PM
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Max

also I look at the ones reviewed in things like Scientific American, Discovery Magazine, Time, and so forth.

Do you subscribe, or do you browse at bookstores and the  dentist's office?

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Re: It better be good :)
Max The Magnificent   10/26/2016 12:42:11 PM
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@alex: Max, this seems like a good criteria for non-fiction. Did find something else that correlates with that, to help you find such books?

Sometimes friends recommend books -- also I look at the ones reviewed in things like Scientific American, Discovery Magazine, Time, and so forth.

 

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Re: It better be good :)
alex_m1   10/26/2016 12:38:39 PM
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>> Now after a finish a book I look at it and think "will I ever want to re-read this" 

 

Max, this seems like a good criteria for non-fiction. Did find something else that correlates with that, to help you find such books ? 

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