Discover magazine is one of the best little science periodicals around today. The writing is easy enough for the average person to comprehend, yet delivers quite a bit of important information. The editors are terrific at keeping up to date with new discoveries. The photography is very good as well. For the price, you can't beat the quality of writing, presentation, timeliness, or quantity of information.
So many other high-priced periodicals offer much the same news yet seem to be making you pay more for nothing other than fancy phrasing and longer paragraphs. And Discover magazine is not just fun for adults! For all you parents out there--put this magazine under your kids' noses!! The wide variety of science subjects will catch any child's eye, as well as become an invaluable tool in your children's science homework.
There are many intelligent, and well written science magazines available to the public. They are all worthwhile, useful, and inciteful. However, the great majority of them are densly written. Magazines like Scientific American seem to be aimed primarily at actual scientist, and are very difficult for the average person. One science magazine is different.
Discover is written in such a way to make it accessible to the average reader. This fact elevates it above the others, in my opinion.
Discover is well written, inciteful, informative, and most importantly understandable. Discover will keep you well informed about the world of science and nature, as well as causing you to think about issues concerning science and the environment. Discover is a great learning tool, and definitely belongs in every home that has children or other people who wish to learn.
I definitely recommend this magazine!
I have been a subscriber Discover for several years now. It's a great learning tool, and it is entertaining. The depth of the articles vary of course depending on your background in that field. I know several professors that subscribe to Discover not for its in-depth coverage but for the awareness. It keeps them current on the latest technologies and discoveries. If they want more details than what the article provides they can research it further. If you want more in depth coverage, the scientific details in your articles, then you may want to investigate Scientific American or Popular Science .
Discover is informative and entertaining. I've always had a thing for Astronomy and every issue offers new ideas about the universe. The articles on anthropology, medicine, archeology-are written for anybody to understand, yet they don't talk down to the readers.
The magazine does have a mature style, suggesting that it isn't intended for young children. Teens should find it to be a good resource though.
The writers assume the readers have, if not a working knowledge of a subject, at least the curiosity to learn about it, and the comprehensive ability to absorb what they write.
The puzzles and games in the back of the magazine are sometimes interesting, but a bit contrived, and the news briefs at the beginning offer tidbits that can cause a person to think about an area of study that may never have seemed interesting before. Generally that is what the entire magazine does. It makes science interesting to people who may suck at calculus or have hated dissecting a frog. Not an easy task these days.
In my opinion, this is one of the best magazines available for those interested in science.
It is not as detailed as Scientific American, and covers a range of stories. I enjoy reading their "breaking news" section every month. Most months they have at least one article on something to do with Astronomy (my minor in college), and another article to do with the environment. They always have one article based on a doctor's medical experience, sometimes somewhat timely or enlightening.
I like their brain teasers, though I confess I usually can not come up with the answers (with rare exceptions!) and they have just started a page pointing out things about how our senses work (pointing out tricks of version of feeling for example).
The articles I like the best are their articles on breaking technology. It is fascinating to read about the innovative ideas people are pursuing on the cutting edge.
Discover is a great way to stay abreast of what's going on in the sciences, without needing a scientific background. It isn't particularly cutting edge, but they do cover a wide range of things, from earth and space sciences to biology and medicine. I come from an earth sciences and geology background, so I tend to enjoy those articles best, along with archeology. I guess my only complaint would be that many times I wish for more details, but being a scientist, I know where to look if I want more in-depth information. The articles are well written, and at a level for the average Joe to understand. They do give suggestions in the back of the magazine for further reading on topics you may be interested in.
I enjoy several of the regular offerings each month. The Vital Signs column is fascinating. Each month, a doctor writes about an unusual or interesting medical case. The Night Watchman alerts me to any upcoming astronomical sights to be looking for in the coming weeks. Then there's the fun stuff....Brain Bogglers, and fun optical illusions and things to play with.
I really enjoy this magazine, but if you are looking for something other than science lite, you'd probably be happier with Scientific American.
Discover is the one magazine I subscribe to. It doesn't just cover a certain area of science, such as the feeding habits of the yellow-bellied sapsucker. Discover covers everything from archaeology to space travel to how bats fly and everything in between. The articles are easy to read even for the person who is scientifically inept. I thoroughly enjoy every issue and read them all cover to cover. I especially enjoy the bogglers and brainworks at the end of every issue. Every brainworks has experiments that show how your brain works and how it can trick you sometimes. Bogglers are logic puzzles. There are two or three in every issue. Discover isn't just informative, it's fun too.
"Discover" magazine fills a nitch for those who enjoy all aspects of science, yet don't want to be overwhelmed with scientific wording, AND don't want their science to be abstracted down to the simpleton. The reading level is high school or undergraduate college. Any deep scientific words that the reader may be unfamiliar with are carefully explained. This magazine is not for those with lower literacy levels, but can be understood by the average high school grad.
"Discover" covers a wide range of scientific subjects. Robotics, Medicine, Genetics, Geology, Biology and most of the other "ology"s.
I recommend it for those of you that feel you fall in to the nitch that it fills. Those sudied in indepth sciences would probably find it too simple. Those with little scientific knowlege would probably find it a struggle to read.
Discover Magazine is a very good magazine if you want science put into
terms so that anyone can understand it. There are several sections that I
find fascinating and others that don't interest me as much. Vital Signs is an
article written by a resident or MD telling about a medical problem and how
it was solved.
One of the main reasons we started getting Discover Magazine was that
both of our boys were interested in science. When they started reading
we wanted to provided them with more educational material. This was a
magazine that they could read and understand. It soon led to them going
and doing further research on their own when they came across a topic
that interested them.
They have since graduated to Scientific American -- even though they still
read Discover from cover to cover.
One thing they really enjoy is the Brain Bogglers section which often requires
thinking outside the lines (one of their specialties).
Discover is a fun magazine, and a much easier read than Scientific American. Mind you, it does not have the density of it's fellow publication, but I seem to pick Discover up more often lying around the house.
A nice broad range of categories are covered by Discover, with an eye for "topical science." The editors are good at identifying scientific trends (like cloning), and are quick to get articles out. This is a great benefit for those who want to stay knowledgeable about science, but do not have the time to invest in deep research.
As with any science magazine, fantastic pictures fill the pages. Charts and images are well-used to illustrate and clarify unfamiliar topics. A well put-together magazine.