Editor’s note: In this 50th anniversary year of IEEE Spectrum, we are using each month’s Spectral Lines column to describe some pivotal moments of the magazine’s history. Here, Executive Editor Glenn Zorpette reminisces about some of his favorite articles. In the half century of its existence, IEEE Spectrum has published roughly 3,700 feature-length articles. We covered the fall of the vacuum tube and the rise of the integrated circuit, the decline of the mainframe and the ascent of the personal computer. We wrote about robots, the Internet, lasers and LEDs, code-breaking and compound semiconductors, wireless and weapons, transistors and transhumanism. We documented the moon landing and nuclear mishaps and breakthroughs, as well as the rise of China, India, and Japan as technology titans. And, to be honest, we predicted the imminent success of magnetic-levitation trains way more times than we should have. It has been a fantastic voyage, and I have been on board for nearly half of it. There were many memorable stops during that trip. I’m referring to outstanding feature articles that were written by friends or colleagues, or ones that were published before my time but that came to my attention because their legends lingered, like the… Read full this story
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