Table of Contents February 2002

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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Are you capable of multiplying 147,631,789 by 23,674 in your head, instantly? Physicist Allan Snyder says you probably can, based on his new theory about the origin of the extraordinary skills of autistic savants
Can complexity theory help us understand the real consequences of a convoluted event like September 11?
Getting up to speed on medical genetics through the vision of Victor McKusick
As humans have evolved, they've learned there are good reasons not to bury an empty coffin
Resolution of these profound questions could unlock the secrets of existence and deliver a new age of science within several decades.


A legendary but surprisingly docile pathogen takes hold in a young man