QUOTE (Rxke @ May 7 2006, 08:31 AM)
They have quite a good number of tech-centered magazines too, like 'Recherche', a bit like American Scientists but with less advertisements
and Science&Vie, probably being one of the best known... I like that mag, so much better than most 'popular science' mags... Despite my English being better than French, it is a joy to read. Great they have a Science&Vie Junior too...
Yes "science et vie" is the best known science magazine in France. But the articles are written by journalists, which have some advantages (contain newbies summaries of the context of a discovery) and drawbacks (oversimplified). "Science et vie Junior" if the kid's edition, very good too to explain things and awake vocations. There are too "la recherche" and "pour la science" (french edition of the "scientific american") or "science et avenir" where articles are written by scientists themselves, so they are free of errors and abusive simplifications. But articles are more public-friendly than science papers, as there are recals and basic explanations for non-initiate, so that even complicated subjects can be read by at least clever peoples. Despites the heavy rationalism in France, these reviews sometimes give articles on religion or enigmas (in a scientific way, of course, but it is often very interesting). There are also specialized reviews in psychology, history, etc.
There are also amateur astronomy reviews like "sky and telescope" and "ciel et espace" which provide news, background articles, history articles, technical tips, etc. a bit in the UMSF spirit.
We have too some "alternative science" reviews, besides the science reviews on the shelves, which sometimes ask good questions. But the answers they give are more problematic... Too bad for the ones who are not enough educated and confuse those reviews with mainstream science.