Table of Contents October 1998

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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Picture this: On January 1, the dollar is extinct and all prices are in zlotys. Sounds scary, right? Yet 11 European nations and 290 million souls are about to perform just that kind of experiment.
Over the past three millennia, money has had many incarnations, but none--most likely--as strange as what is yet to come. We asked a group of thinkers to cast their eyes toward the future and describe what they envision.


When money arose in the ancient cities of Mesopotamia, it profoundly and permanently changed civilization.
ER doctors know when stories fit and when they don't. And we ask questions until they do.
Hubble shows the violent birth of a massive star.
Fall features four meteor showers for your evening enjoyment.