Table of Contents December 1997

Discover Magazine's mission is to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.  Each month we bring you in depth information and analysis from various topics ranging from technology and space to the living world we live in.
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The true origin of corn is a question that's been debated for decades. Now a maverick geneticist says she may have the answer. But to get anyone to listen to her, she has to join a long-running academic food fight.
To get closer to the true, quantum nature of matter, physicist David Pritchard has been splitting atoms down the middle, fiddling with the halves, and then putting them back together. In principle, he says, he could do the same to a bacterium. Or even a baby grand.


Last year's media uproar over Ebonics missed the point. What's really important is not what kind of language Ebonics isn't, but what kind it is.
All Creatures Great and Odd