If there's one thing in our archives more impressive than the retrofuturistic illustrations, it's the number of superstar scientists who have shown up in our magazine over the years. Back in the day, our writers secured interviews with everyone from radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi to "famous prophet of science" Nikola Tesla. To say that we're jealous of our predecessors would be a gross understatement, so we've compiled a quick roundup of these scientific celebrity encounters for your vicarious enjoyment. In addition to highlighting interviews with notable figures, we've included articles written by famous scientists, as well as features published at the peak of their careers.
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One of our first notable contributors was the father of the telephone himself, Alexander Graham Bell. You'd think he'd be a busy man, but in between racing to the patent office and tinkering with his devices, Bell found the time to write a lengthy article about using tellurium selenium alloys to produce high-quality sound. If that process sounds a little arcane, don't worry -- Bell provided illustrations for clarity.
As much as we hoped to see a piece written by Albert Einstein, it turns out that most prominent scientists declined to contribute entire articles to us after the turn of the century. Chances are, they were too preoccupied with spending their Nobel Prize winnings to hammer out essays for consumer magazines.
On the other hand, it's hard to resist the charms of a glowing secondhand account. After spending a day with Tesla, our journalist said, "To talk with Dr. Tesla is to become acquainted with an extraordinary life packed with adventure into uncharted realms of knowledge." Elsewhere in the article, his glee practically radiates off the page.
Given the number of innovators who cropped up in the past 138 years, we couldn't include every historical figure featured on our pages. But do a quick search through our archives and see if you don't find at least one ode to your favorites.
Click through our gallery to see the earliest PopSci cameos by Albert Einstein, Robert H. Goddard, Marie Curie, and more eminent scientists from the 20th century.
Does it make you feel smart to be able to copy and paste? It's called plagiarism, Bubba.
Just post a link next time instead of consuming more space than the article.
@Jupiter1987, I did not represent these comments as my own. I said I found them on good and I added relative information to the article. No plagiarism here.
I suppose you just sitting on your seat anxious to say something negative...
Who are you, to tell people how and what to post?
Maybe I will post a link, maybe I will not..
As other people post, they may post in a variety of ways.
On occasions I do offer links.. too.
See you and have a nice day, Bu-bye.
No. I'm sitting here anxious to read something worth reading. Go away, Stinky.
Keep telling yourself that, Bubba.
The world simply could not afford for Nazis to be the first ones to the A-bomb. That is why a pacifist would urge the US president to start developing one. None of the four letters written to Roosevelt mention anywhere that the research should end up in development of an offensive weapon. It simply draws the president's attention to the fact that such research is going on in Nazi Germany and that it may result in development of extremely powerful bombs. Einstein was openly against using nuclear fission as a weapon and regretted the fact that the letter resulted in the development of the atomic bomb. However imagine what would happen if a Lunatic like Hitler would get his hands on such a weapon first.
In fact it was Szilard who first tried to draw attention to research going on by the Nazis, but he was not successful until Einstein put his name on the letter.