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New Scientist - The weekly science magazine for me
Member Name: InchyInchy
Advantages: A great science magazine
Disadvantages: None, it's great!
I have been subscribing to the New Scientist magazine on and off for the last eight years and before then I'm sure I must have bought the odd copy here and there. I would recommend this magazine to everyone and I often do...
--What makes it so great?--
There is something in this magazine for everyone no matter what level of scientific knowledge they have. The magazine gives you a mix of many areas of science but without a lot of the hard to understand science jargon; I personally think that this magazine is accessible to pretty much everyone that has an interest in anything science related. Even if you don't think that a science magazine is for you I suggest that you should give this a read, it really is crammed full of interesting and exciting articles.
In particular I have an interest in the astronomy and psychology articles, but I have learned many things about genetics, physics, technology and a huge and varied range of other scientific topics. In general, there are some longer articles going into more depth of information on the headline topics of the front cover. However, my personal favourites are the smaller titbits of information and recent news stories that are scattered throughout the magazine. These vary in size from one sentence nuggets to bite size five minute pieces. Also of some interest, for those of you that do work in the science industry there is always at least a couple if not more pages dedicated to jobs and careers.
On the very last page of the magazine is - The last word section. This is the first thing that I read whenever I get a new magazine through the post. It is the section that the series of books brought out by the New Scientist team are based on, i.e., the most latest one is 'Do polar bears get lonely?'. The questions are sent in by readers and if selected are placed in the magazine to be answered by other readers in the following weeks.
--Value for money?--
For your money you get about 65 pages of science heaven!
The weekly edition is priced at £3.40 but if you subscribe there is usually always a discount, I have seen these range anywhere from twenty percent off to fifty percent off. It's just a matter of keeping an eye out and subscribing when it's even more of a bargain.
In my opinion I believe you get a lot of up to date and fascinating information for your money. I can on occasion finish a whole magazine in one reading but more likely than not I read bits of it over my lunches. Therefore, it does often take me a while to get through all of it.
If you do decide to subscribe rather than just pick up the odd copy here and there you are given free access to their online site and archives. Even if you don't subscribe their website contains quite a lot of interesting articles and information which can be accessed free of charge.
In my household the magazine not only gets read by me but then sometimes by my husband and if there is anything particularly interesting I usually try and pass it onto a friend, so that I have someone else to discuss it with.
I love this magazine and although I can only give it a maximum of five stars I would gladly give it more. I look forward to it arriving in my mailbox each week.
Summary: It is easily accessible to everyone