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1979 (Volume 10, No. 5)Grand Unification -- Unifying Themes Special I: Grand Unification: An Elusive GrailThe fundamental forces in nature--gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak subnuclear forces--may be four expressions a single, universal, unifying phenomenon. To prove that they are, to write a grand unification theory, could represent as revolutionary an insight as did natural selection or the heliocentric solar system.Arthur FisherPDF
1980 (Volume 11, No. 2)Magnetism -- National Research Facilities Special: The Magnetism of a Shared FacilityAt the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory, scientists can do research that is possible nowhere else in the world. A cross section of work.Arthur FisherPDF
1981 (Volume 12, No. 2)Extinctions -- Earth Sciences Special: The World's Great DyingsSome subtle geochemistry has identified a bona fide interplanetary catastrophe with the mass biological extinctions on earth 65 million years ago. The nature of the biological event is still controversial. Just so.Arthur FisherPDF
1982 (Volume 13, No. 2)Chinese Science: The Roots of Science in Ancient ChinaChinese science once far surpassed that in the West. A 45-year-old-research effort is turning up the reasons the roles reversed. The project.Arthur FisherPDF
1982 (Volume 13, No. 3)Gene Banks -- Plant Sciences Special: Preserving a Diverse LineageThe preservation of plant species and strains offers insurance against exposure to runaway epidemics and similar dangers being bred into crop plants. A concerted effort is just getting under way.Arthur FisherPDF
1983 (Volume 14, No. 2)Gravitational Waves: Inventing the Wave CatchersPhysicists and engineers advance the state of several arts in the design of gravitational-wave detection equipment. There are suggestive results.Arthur FisherPDF
1983 (Volume 14, No. 5)Left-handed Dna -- Measurement Special: Sinistral DNAThe increasing ability to resolve biological molecules makes sense of left-handed DNA.Arthur FisherPDF
1984 (Volume 15, No. 4)Turbulence -- Engineering Research Special: Disorder in FluidsEngineers trying to cope with turbulent flow are plagued by lack of fundamental knowledge.Arthur FisherPDF
1985 (Volume 16, No. 1)Chaos -- Symmetry Special: Chaos: The Ultimate AsymmetryThe disorder that is called chaos is not so disorderly after all. Examples of chaos: a random selection.Arthur FisherPDF
1985 (Volume 16, No. 3)Languages, Algorithms -- Scientific Computing Special I: New Languages for OldThe emerging shapes of scientific computers will stress existing languages and algorithms, perhaps beyond endurance. Algorithms.Arthur FisherPDF
1986 (Volume 17, No. 1)Cognition -- Scientific Computing Special: Cognition and ComputationThe massively parallel architectures being devised for scientific computing promise cognitive scientists for the first time a set of tools worthy of the problems demanding attention.Arthur FisherPDF
1986 (Volume 17, No. 4)Antigravity: A Different Kind of GravityA new experiment with antimatter may provide evidence for a quantum form of gravity far more complex than the long-accepted Newtonian-Einsteinian model. In the matter of antimatter.Arthur FisherPDF
1987 (Volume 18, No. 3)Heavy Fermions: Turmoil in the Solid StateAccumulating insight into the properties of heavy-electron (or heavy-fermion) metals is raising as many questions as answers among the condensed-matter physicists who study them.Arthur FisherPDF
1988 (Volume 19, No. 1)Human Origins I (evolution): The More Things Change. . .Part I of a Special Report: As biochemical and paleontological tools become more sophisticated, views of human biological ancestry become more refined. New and more finely grained syntheses do not obliterate uncertainty, frustration, or contention.Arthur FisherPDF
1988 (Volume 19, No. 1)Human Origins II (culture): On the Emergence of HumannessPart II of a Special Report: The qualities that make H. sapiens sapiens uniquely human may have emerged far later in the species history than has been thought. The revisionism is in dispute.Arthur FisherPDF
1988 (Volume 19, No. 3&4)Global Model -- Global Change Special: One Model to Fit AllIf they do not encounter chaos, which could frustrate the endeavor irretrievably, efforts to produce an integrated model of the earth's geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere should succeed. Some aspects are in hand. The biosphere, complicated by human activity, is fuzziest.Arthur FisherPDF
1989 (Volume 20, No. 3)Endocytobiology -- Cell Biology Special: The Wheels within WheelsIn the Superkingdom Eucaryotae After decades of uphill struggle and rejection, the serial endosymbiosis theory, which proclaims the origin in symbiosis of organelle-inhabited, nucleated cells, has entered cell biology's mainstream. The place of the undulipodia has still to be fixed. How many kingdoms? Arthur FisherPDF
1990 (Volume 21, No. 2)Cold Fusion: Much Ado About. . . .After most of the dust from last year's desk-top-fusion furor has settled, the questions that still hang have less to do with experiments or results than they do with the processes of science.Arthur FisherPDF
1991 (Volume 22, No. 1)Sociobiology -- A Special Report: A New Synthesis Comes of AgeStanding on the shoulders of geneticists, ethologists, and evolutionists of all stripes, Edward O. Wilson laid the foundation for a new synthesis that reshaped thinking about animal and human behavior. Now others stand on his. I--Birth of a paradigm. II--How different are humans? Arthur FisherPDF
1991 (Volume 22, No. 4)Educational Standards: Mathematicians Set the PaceIn thinking about national standards in science and mathematics education, mathematics educators appear to be "light years" ahead of their colleagues in the sciences. Perhaps the fact that mathematics is singular while the sciences are plural plays a role. A national report card. Arthur FisherPDF
1992 (Volume 23, No. 2)Cognition/learning: The Science of Learning Math and ScienceA focus on the nature of the learning process could point the way to the long-heralded and much-touted distinction between the three Rs and the true teaching/learning needs of a modern technological society. The national will to make teaching happen, however, will remain a prime requisite.Arthur FisherPDF
1992 (Volume 23, No. 3)Acknowledgement: An Appreciation of Mosaic and the Devoted People Who Made It PossibleAn acknowledgement of the great contributions made by the Mosaic contributors, organizers and management.Arthur FisherPDF


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