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Free Popular Science Magazines (137 years worth)

Posted By: stevehl, posted 2010/10/19 02:16
Gadget nerds: Prepare to lose the rest of your day to awesomeness. PopSci, the web-wing of Popular Science magazine, has scanned its entire 137-year archive and put it online for you to read, absolutely free. The archive, made available in partnership with Google Books, even has the original period advertisements.

Head over to the site and youll see a simple search box. Of course, the first thing I typed in was jet pack. This, naturally enough, returned plenty of results, including a rather dangerous-looking hydrogen peroxidepowered contraption with a belt-mounted controller. The article was printed in the December 1962 issue.

You cant go directly to an issue to browse, but once you have arrived somewhere by search, there are no restrictions on scrolling around. Youll also find a properly hyperlinked table of contents in each magazine. The link is www.popsci.com/archive - doesn't seem to work within Australia however I found that you can find the archived copies via google books. The link is attached to this deal.

The early years are a little dry: I browsed an issue from 1902, and it made the average math textbook look like a Dan Brown novel (only better paced), so Id recommend starting in the optimistic, tech-loving 1950s.

Oh, and did I mention it works great on an iPhone? Good luck getting any work done today.

Ref. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/03/popular-science-puts-entire-scanned-archive-online-free/#ixzz12iteUjFX
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