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I love Scientific American‘s archive not only for its record of scientific discovery but also for the surprises I invariably find there. Who knew that beyond covering cutting-edge research, Scientific American of the 1800s offered household hints and even recipes? A department called “Notes and Queries” offered tips and answers to readers’ questions. Among the useful [...]

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How to Make “e-1″ Salad Dressing

Delicious salad not included in this dressing recipe. Image: Geoff Peters, via flickr.

What does math taste like? Andrea Hawksley recently posted a recipe for Fibonacci lemonade, a drink that is inspired by the famous Fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3,5,8, and so on. It is a thing of beauty to behold, and as you drink it, you actually taste successive approximations of the golden ratio due to the relationship between [...]

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