If you have a fascination with science and are intrigued with how the universe works, you should look to find ways to fuel this fascination and expand your scope of scientific knowledge. Now, we know that the internet provides you access to loads of ‘scientific information’ that you can access from with a simple Google search.
However, we must point out that a lot of this ‘scientific information’ is made available without scientific research and established experiments to back up these claims. This is why it is essential to only rely on scientific data and research that have been carried out by reputed and trustworthy institutions, individuals and labs.
The best way to keep yourself up to date with the latest scientific happenings from around the world is to tap into a trustworthy source of reliable scientific information. We have put together a list of the top 10 most important and popular scientific magazines that will give you access to the latest discoveries, inventions, experiments and findings.
Who Will Enjoy These Magazines?
The magazines featured on our top 10 list have been around for a long time and are widely respected by the global scientific community. Whether you are just curious and wanting to learn more about science or whether you are a scientist in the making, these magazines will provide you with expert information, advice and stats that will take your knowledge of science to a whole new level.
Our top 10 most important and popular science magazines have been ranked in no order of importance. Some of the criteria that we used to make the shortlist include their reputation in the global scientific community, number of years they have been around, their social media following, scope and quality of scientific content and global appeal.
The National Geographic TV channel has millions of viewers from around the world who tune in on a daily basis to watch some of the most mesmerizing programs that cover environmental science and the exploration of all that is both old and new.
The popularity of the National Geographic TV channel has certainly helped boost the popularity of the National Geographic magazine and it is one of the reasons why we have it first on our list. The magazine content is not heavy and hence perfect for those just getting into the sciences.
National Geographic concentrates mostly on natural sciences and provides fantastic pictures and information about the world we live in, space, animals and inventions. This magazine is available in both print and digital form and can be read by all ages. The magazine is issued on a monthly basis and has a subscription fee.
If you are looking to get your kids or grand kids interested in science, then a great way to do this is to give them a National Geographic magazine subscription as a gift.
If you want to get a little heavier with scientific knowledge and facts, the next step is definitely Discover Magazine. This magazine has been around since the 1980s and focuses on all of the different sciences in order to cover all bases. Different magazine editions are devoted to different scientific topics which range from maths and physics, medicine and health, evolution, life sciences, inventions and space.
Discover Magazine is for all ages and is available in both digital and print form. This magazine in our opinion is most suited for young adults and above as the content is heavy. If you are researching a particular topic or just want to expand your scientific knowledge, you should think about getting a subscription to Discover.
If you are not certain whether to subscribe to Discover, you can check out the Discover website and read some of the free articles that cover physical sciences, natural sciences and environmental sciences. In-depth and well researched articles are also present on the website but they are released every couple of weeks. You can whet your scientific appetite with these articles and then decide if you want to subscribe to Discover.
Has to be on the list as this is one of the oldest scientific magazines that is still going strong. Popular Science has been around since 1872 and has evolved quite a bit over the last 148 years. This magazine has a bigger male following than a female following and one of the reasons for that is due to the fact that the magazine focuses a lot on Technology, Gadgets, Cars and DIY items.
While these themes are dominant, Popular Science also goes deeper and focuses on important issues such as data hacking, space, gene-based treatment discoveries for incurable diseases and the latest cutting edge research and experiments. The magazine is available in both print and digital form. We recommend it for both our male and female readers as it provides a wealth of information on a variety of topics.
If our female readers think that this magazine might be too male oriented, we suggest you check out the digital version and read a few articles that interest you as you could end up missing out on some great information due to the stereotyping that Popular Science magazine has experienced in recent years.
The name of the magazine lets you know that it focuses on the American market but the Scientific American makes useful reading for anyone who is keen on finding out more about the latest research, inventions, discoveries and experiments in the world of science. This magazine is available in both digital and print form.
We believe that this magazine is suitable for those who are familiar with the sciences and are looking to further their research or study into different fields of science. If you are just starting out, the information and content found here might be a little too heavy. However, the writers do a great job in presenting and breaking down their information and insight to make it easy for the readers to grasp.
If you are wondering whether you should subscribe to the Scientific America, we suggest you check out their online website and spend a little time checking out their blog which is very information. This will give you an idea into what kinds of scientific topics and content you can expect to find in the magazine.
It is another Science magazine that has very strong American influences but will capture the attention of anyone who loves science and research. The magazine is built on detailed research on a variety of topics ranging from paintings, literature, history and the sciences.
This magazine is perfect for those individuals who need access to detailed research. If you are a casual reader, you might find this magazine a little too heavy and detailed oriented. However, the ‘Most Popular’ section in the magazine should be fine for the casual reader and provide them with interesting information that will make them appear super-intelligent at the dinner table.
So if you are looking for a magazine that focuses on the sciences as well as provides detailed research on different topics, The Smithsonian will be perfect for you. You can subscribe online to The Smithsonian.
If you are looking to become a scientist, you should definitely think about subscribing to The Scientist Magazine. If you are already a scientist but have never heard about this magazine, then read on to learn why this should be a must read for you.
Life science professionals will enjoy this magazine that stresses on providing accurate, factual and entertaining scientific content. The topics range from molecular biology, stem cell studies, genetics and a range of life science interests. The team at The Scientist are highly qualified and get readers up to date with the latest research methods, scientific discoveries, latest technology and innovative procedures being adopted around the world.
If you would like to get a glimpse of what The Scientist is all about, do check out the online website as there are numerous article posts made throughout the week. The Scientist Magazine Facebook page also provides interesting information and currently has over 2 million followers.
This magazine has its roots in the United Kingdom and has been around since 1956. New Scientist promotes itself as the most popular weekly science and tech magazine in the world. The magazine has a growing fan base in multiple parts of the world including the UK, Australia and the United States. The magazine is available in both online and print mode.
Some of the common topics addressed by this magazine include what it is to be human? Life questions and scientific answers, latest scientific discoveries and the latest scientific news in the industry.
Do check out the online version of the New Scientist as multiple articles are posted on a daily basis that keep you up to date on the most important scientific research and breakthroughs across the globe. The New Scientist Magazine has a thriving Facebook page with over 3.6 million fans and a Twitter following of over 3 million.
It focuses on the Science of Everything and is perfect for those who are just wetting their feet in the vast ocean of the sciences as well as for those hardcore science nerds. The magazine covers a number of different themes ranging from core sciences, health, nature, earth, space, technology and history.
There is something for everyone at Cosmos Magazine as the writers put out light and heavy content to appeal to their growing list of subscribes. Cosmos Magazine has its roots in Australia and has been around since 2005. You can sign up for the free newsletter or go ahead and subscribe to the magazine.
Cosmos Magazine will give online subscribes the opportunity to go into the archives and dig up old issues that will keep them busy for a long time. The Cosmos Magazine Facebook page currently has over 500,000 followers.
This pop-science magazine definitely favours a male audience as it focuses on ‘how your world works’. The topics cover a wide range of do-it-yourself topics covering outdoor, technology, electronics and science related topics. The content can be both light and heavy in order to appeal to readers who are not very hands on as well as those who can quickly grasp the DIY model.
The magazine has been around since 1902 and has continued to evolve in order to stay relevant and in demand. The U.S version of the magazine has only 10 editions per year. The magazine is available in both English and Russian. Readers who would like to learn more about the latest gadgets, tools, space and aviation will enjoy this magazine.
Popular Mechanics has won the National Magazine Award in 1986 and 2008. If you would like to know more about Popular Mechanics, check out its website as there are two podcasts that also shed more light on the topics covered by the magazine.
This magazine was established in 1921 and since then has been providers readers around the world with the latest news on science, medicine and technology. The magazine requires a subscription fee as the tagline makes it clear that trustworthy journalism comes at a price.
This magazine is suitable for all readers as the focus of the magazine is to inspire, inform and educate readers about science. The magazine can be accessed in print and digital form. If you would like to check out some of the science news that has been published in recent weeks, check out the online website. You will find breaking news on topics such as space, physics, earth, life and humans.
The magazine is published by the Society for Science & the Public and an annual subscription to the magazine gets you a 12 month free membership into the Society. The annual subscription to Science News gives you access to 22 issues. There is also a free digital newsletter that gets delivered to your inbox providing you headlines and summaries of the latest scientific news.