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Scientific American's "The Amateur Scientist": The Complete 20th Century Collection

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MD5: ed49d1da299277e719a137ea8f61c074
For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS X
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Description from the Amazon website:

"Over 1,000 science projects in one fully-searchable CD, plus thousands of pages of supplementary information for the science enthusiast. All projects are rated for cost, difficulty and hazards. [...]

Always accessible to an amateur’s budget, projects from "The Amateur Scientist" are often elegant and sophisticated. Some designs have been so innovative that they have set new standards in a field. Many professionals borrow from "The Amateur Scientist" to find low-cost solutions to real-world research problems."

ISO file retrieved from the Internet Archive. Cross-platform disc.


From the README.TXT file:

"This product is written for use with a regular Java-aware web browser. The navigation and organization is designed to follow the conventions of the typical web site."

Built with standard web technology, this product should run on every (relatively) modern platform but it clearly seems prone to Java issues. No information in the documentation about minimal requirements but it is probably MacOS 8.5 or newer because of Java-specific requirements.

Run with some issues in MacOSX Snow Leopard with Chromium 49 and Firefox 48:
- browse by content not working
- small GIFs are sometimes not visible
- alert messages about non verified applets (Firefox)

Does NOT run in SheepShaver for MacOSX w/MacOS9 + Netscape 6.2. Always crashed when trying to open the main homepage (home.mac) or a secondary index page. Did not try with Classilla 9.3.3.


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by Idéfix - 2019, January 4 - 4:40am

For those who still prefer "real" books, a compilation has already been published for the enthousiasts of that famous column at the beginning of the 60s: The Scientific American Book of Projects for The Amateur Scientist by C.L. Strong. That book is available for free download in two different editions at the Internet Archive:

1) the american edition, published by Simon and Schuster in 1960

2) the british edition, published by Heinemann in 1965