Scientific American

August 2000

Volume 283

Number 2

Birth of the Modern Diet

Rachel Laudan

Ever wonder why dessert is served after dinner? The origins of modern Western cuisine can be traced ^fl to ideas about diet and nutrition that arose during the 17th century.

FROM THE EDITORS LETTERS TO THE EDITORS 50, 100 & 150 YEARS AGO

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Inventor of the blue-light laser and LED, Shuji Nakamura.

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High-temperature superconductors go to work—finally—in cell phones and power lines. But their nature resists easy explanation.

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A circular argument for trust on the Net.

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