Scientific American joins JSTOR Life Sciences

First published in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the US. The magazine has published articles by more than 150 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and built a loyal following of influential and forward-thinking readers. The archives of Scientific American include articles penned by Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Stephen Jay Gould, Bill Gates, and more.

Scientific American is being included in the JSTOR Life Sciences collection; the full run of the journal from 1845 to 2012 will be available, with new content added each year. The addition of Scientific American expands JSTOR’s coverage of a broad range of scientific fields, and will additionally benefit interdisciplinary researchers working across the humanities and social sciences.

Today, Life Sciences is JSTOR’s largest collection, totalling more than 10 million pages, with approximately 300,000 pages of new content added each year.

The addition of Scientific American to the collection provides access to a large gap, from 1869 to 1908, in our current provision of the archive online from other sources, and can be accessed via this link:

http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/journal/scieamer

The recent fatal collapse of the Bridgman Building in Philadelphia, which took place while it was yet under construction, sounds another warning as to the great perils attaching to careless construction of armored concrete buildings, and the growing necessity for the very strictest supervision of such work. Never has the engineer developed a more useful material of construction than when he devised that ingenious and thoroughly scientific combination known as armored or reinforced concrete. On the other hand, never did he open up to the eyes of the unscrupulous and “shoddy” builder such prospects of unlawfully but quickly acquired gain. Intelligently designed, carefully compounded, and put together with due deliberation and proper time allowances for setting and bonding, armored concrete is one of the cheapest and most reliable forms of building construction the world has ever known. But whenever the design is in­trusted to incompetent hands, and the construction done by contractors whose sole concern is to rush the work and secure early payments for the same, armored concrete is one of the most perilous materials that could be imagined. Already the ignorance and cupidity which are rampant have succeeded in putting armored concrete under a heavy cloud of distrust, from which it will take many a long year to recover. If the public is not to lose entire confidence, some speedy reform or drastic preventive legislation must be quickly introduced. The design of reinforced con­crete, at least in the case of the more important structures, should be restricted to engineers and architects who are familiar with this branch of the arts, which should be safeguarded by laws drawn up for its special protection

— Scientific American, August 7, 1907, 97, 7: 114

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