Google Books are now providing access to every issue of Popular Science, a long-running American science magazine aimed at a general audience. The archives cover from the 1870s to one year ago.
This is a complete archive, giving access to science news as it was reported at the time the events occured. Not all the magazines predictions came true – the prototype 10 foot iron hoop did not develop into “the car of the future” (1932), and the detailed plans for “how we’ll live on Mars” haven’t implemented (1953). However, articles include early reports of
- video recorders (1964)
- hand-held computer games (1978)
- early transatlantic flights (1927)
- methods to prevent the spread of flu during the 1918 pandemic (1919)
Google and Popular Science are working on developing the interface to make it easier to browse through issues, and the entire archive can be searched from the Popular Science website.