About Dædalus

Representing the intellectual community in its breadth and diversity, Dædalus explores the frontiers of knowledge and issues of public importance.

Dædalus was founded in 1955 and established as a quarterly in 1958. The journal’s namesake was renowned in ancient Greece as an inventor, scientist, and unriddler of riddles. Its emblem, a maze seen from above, symbolizes the aspiration of its founders to “lift each of us above his cell in the labyrinth of learning in order that he may see the entire structure as if from above, where each separate part loses its comfortable separateness.”

Drawing on the enormous intellectual capacity of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, whose members are among the world’s most prominent thinkers in the sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences, as well as the professions and public life, each issue of Dædalus features multidisciplinary, authoritative essays centered on a theme or subject. 

Dædalus continues the volume and numbering system of Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which ceased publication under that title with volume 85 in 1958. 

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Dædalus Editorial Offices
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
136 Irving Street, Cambridge MA 02138 

Phone: (617) 576-5085
Fax: (617) 576-5088
Email: daedalus@amacad.org

Phyllis S. Bendell, Managing Editor and Director of Publications
Peter Walton, Associate Editor
Heather M. Struntz, Assistant Editor

Committee on Studies and Publications

John Mark Hansen (Chair), Rosina Bierbaum, Johanna Drucker, Gerald Early, Carol Gluck, Linda Greenhouse, John Hildebrand, Philip Khoury, Arthur Kleinman, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Alan I. Leshner, Rose McDermott, Michael S. McPherson, Frances McCall Rosenbluth, Scott D. Sagan, Nancy C. Andrews (ex officio), David W. Oxtoby (ex officio), Diane P. Wood (ex officio)