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Year (Volume & No.)TitleAbstractAuthorDownload
1985 (Volume 16, No. 1)Cosmic Isotropy -- Symmetry Special: Isotropy or AnisotropyThe universe is smooth or lumpy, depending on how far away you stand. Hubble's inconstant constant.Ann FinkbeinerPDF
1985 (Volume 16, No. 4)Physics/computation -- Scientific Computing Special: Physicists: More Problems than ApproachesDespite us all, words such as discretize are creeping into the language as physicists of many stripes try to tell computer designers what they need. Codes.Ann FinkbeinerPDF
1987 (Volume 18, No. 1)Manpower -- Education Special: Demographics or Market Forces?Specialists, unable to agree how the data should be sliced, not surprisingly cannot agree either on whether or by what mix population trends and economic settings combine to affect the pool of professionals on which the future will have to draw.Ann FinkbeinerPDF
1988 (Volume 19, No. 2)Neural Networks: The Brain As TemplateComputer, cognitive, and neurological researchers who seek to mimic the mind are returning to wiring that imitates the brain's as an alternative to expert systems, which try to find and follow the rules by which people appear to reason. Mechanical analogues. Nineteenth-century prescience. Terminology. In the hidden layers. Biological neural nets. Ann FinkbeinerPDF
1989 (Volume 20, No. 4)No Topic: A Brain (Model) is What a Brain (Model) DoesThe exploration of the things that happen and the things that must happen for a brain to become (or produce) a mind is creating a marriage of equals among the cognitive, neurological, and computational sciences.Ann FinkbeinerPDF
1990 (Volume 21, No. 3)Observational Cosmology: MAPMAKING ON THE COSMIC SCALEPortrayals of the universe on the largest scale contribute to emerging understanding of the physical structure of the observable universe. Isotropy prevails, more or less. Interpreting the view. The size of a kilometer a secondAnn FinkbeinerPDF
1991 (Volume 22, No. 4)Optical Astronomy: In Space or On the GroundBy the time astronomers got a big telescope into orbit, the had figured out ways to make it less necessary. That the future appears to be up in the air may be at least as figurative as it is literal. Galileo's spyglass. Access: a nagging problem. Telescopes and eyes. The instruments: whose and where.Ann FinkbeinerPDF


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