Home > slashdot > Jan. 11, 1902 — Popular Mechanics Is Born

Jan. 11, 1902 — Popular Mechanics Is Born

January 11th, 2010 01:27 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Today, back in 1902 Henry Haven Windsor published the first issue of Popular Mechanics, helping to empower geeks of future generations with straightforward explanations of scientific and mechanical advances. “The magazine has reported both the brilliant and ridiculous ideas of its times, depending on the writer, scientist or editor. It once published an article about a Philadelphia physician who supposedly used X-rays to turn blacks into whites: probably not a great editorial decision. Betting on blimps over planes for so long might not have been advisable, and hyping excessive consumption during the birth of the environmental movement in the 1960s also rates a demerit. But beyond those probable transgressions, Popular Mechanics paved the way for the people’s incursion into science’s once-exclusive domain. Its longevity argues that science and its sometimes inscrutable possibility have raw mass appeal — even if the subject is cars with steering wheels in the back seat or self-diagnosing appliances.”

Source: Jan. 11, 1902 — Popular Mechanics Is Born

Related Articles:

  1. Jan. 11, 1902: Popular Mechanics Sets Out to Make Mechanics Popular
  2. Augmented Reality To Help Mechanics Fix Vehicles
  3. Microsoft’s Quantum Mechanics
  4. Further Evidence That Photosynthesis Involves Quantum Mechanics
  5. Cassini’s Elaborate Orbital Mechanics
blog comments powered by Disqus