Friday, October 31, 2008

happy birthday to ...

deutsche Version -- this entry in German

November marks the 30th birthday of Spektrum der Wissenschaft, the German daughter of Scientific American. I’m just about old enough to remember the first issue (from the outside) which appeared in November 1978, and I’ve been a reader since 1985. As I have hardly ever learned biology or biochemistry (only one term at uni), much of my knowledge foundation in the life sciences comes from Spektrum. In 1992 I started occasional translation work for the magazine, and in March 1993, my first short feature appeared, which was about the structure of the enzyme nitrogenase. I still write for the magazine, on average about every other month. Next one to appear will be in the December issue …

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