Porter sold the publication to Alfred Ely Beach and Orson Desaix Munn a mere ten months after founding it. Under Munn's grandson, Orson Desaix Munn III, it had evolved into something of a "workbench" publication, similar to the twentieth-century incarnation of Popular Science.
In the years after World War II, the magazine fell into decline.
It is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States (though it only became monthly in 1921). Throughout its early years, much emphasis was placed on reports of what was going on at the U. Current issues include a "this date in history" section, featuring excerpts from articles originally published 50, 100, and 150 years earlier.
Topics include humorous incidents, wrong-headed theories, and noteworthy advances in the history of science and technology.
Thus the partners—publisher Gerard Piel, editor Dennis Flanagan, and general manager Donald H. Miller retired in 1979, Flanagan and Piel in 1984, when Gerard Piel's son Jonathan became president and editor; circulation had grown fifteen-fold since 1948.
focuses on the science of what makes humans, “human”.
Readers from around the world turn to for a deep understanding of how science and technology shape our future.
Every month the magazine features cutting edge articles by scientists, inventors and engineers, many of who are Nobel Prize winners and top journalists.