On November 17, New Scientist is celebrating its 60th birthday with a special feature on key inventions introduced since its foundation in 1956. These were chosen by members of the BSHS, who have contributed articles for both the printed and the electronic versions of this best-selling magazine. As you might expect, some of their selections will strike New Scientist readers as being quite quirky: this is far from being an old-fashioned glorification of technical progress! This initiative will take history of science to wide audiences: New Scientist’s circulation is 130,000, and its readership is far larger. Many thanks to everyone who submitted an essay!