A quick glance at the front page of this week's SN is sufficient to signal that something unusual is going on. It's this: We're taking a break this week from the journal's usual format to commemorate SN's 50th year of publishing. So, in keeping with that, let's take a look at how SN came to be, and at the industry that spawned it.
Strange to relate, I have a booklet that has languished in my files for years that provides a history of the founding of SN. Lucky thing; otherwise, there w