Aeon (digital magazine)

Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas, philosophy and culture. Publishing new articles every weekday, Aeon describes itself as a publication which "asks the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society."[2] The magazine has editorial offices in London, New York, and Melbourne.

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Type of site
Online magazine Culture, religion, politics, art, science, philosophy, psychology
Available inEnglish
OwnerAeon Media Group Ltd., Melbourne, Australia
EditorBrigid Hains
Alexa rankIncrease 21,653 (August 2020)[1]
LaunchedSeptember 17, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-09-17)
Current statusactive


Aeon was founded in London in September 2012 by Paul and Brigid Hains, an Australian couple.[3][4] It now has offices in London, Melbourne and New York.[2] On July 1, 2016, Aeon became a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission, in the categories of advancing culture and advancing education.[5]


Aeon's content consists of long-form, in-depth essays, shorter ideas pieces, and short documentaries under the banner of Aeon Video. It also runs a Conversations channel, where readers are invited to answer questions related to articles, and to contribute their own point of view.[2]

Aeon VideoEdit

Aeon Video's program is composed of curated selections, short documentaries that are exclusive to Aeon, and original series produced by Aeon. The most notable of these is the In Sight series, which features interviews and discussions with leading philosophers, scientists, thinkers and writers.

Several of Aeon's exclusives have been chosen as Vimeo Staff Picks, including American Renaissance, Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven, Cutting Loose, Glas, and World Fair.[6]


Contributors have included Alain Badiou, Julian Baggi, Philip Bal, Shahidha Bari, Sven Birkerts, Armand D'Angour, David Deutsch, Vincent T. DeVita, Frans de Waal, Vincenzo Di Nicola, David Dobbs, Tim Footman, Allen Frances, Jessa Gamble, Michael Graziano, Sabine Hossenfelder, A.L. Kennedy, Marek Kohn, Janna Levin, Tim Lott, Francis T. McAndrew, George Musser, Wendy Orent, Ruth Padel, Massimo Pigliucci, Steven Poole, John Quiggin, Dava Sobel, Roger Scruton, and E.O. Wilson.

Critical receptionEdit

In 2013, Hamish McKenzie of Pando Daily named Aeon the 'best example of a magazine built for the age of mobile'.[4]

Rebecca Boyle's essay "The End of Night" was featured in the anthology The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015, under the title "The Health Effects of a World without Darkness".[7]

Jessa Gamble's essay "The End of Sleep?" was named the best feature of 2013 by the Association of British Science Writers.[8]


Aeon has content sharing partnerships with several other organizations and publications, including the science communication website Knowing Neurons, the University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, and MIT Press.[9]

Creative Commons republicationEdit

The shorter Ideas pieces are available for republication under a Creative Commons licence.[10][11] These pieces are often resyndicated by online media outlets such as The Atlantic.[12]


  1. ^ "Aeon (digital magazine) site ranks". Alexa Internet. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "About Aeon". Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Rachel McAthy (September 17, 2012). "New digital magazine AEON will 'delve behind the news'".
  4. ^ a b Hamish McKenzie (September 16, 2013). "Is Aeon Magazine the best magazine on the Internet?". Pando Daily.
  5. ^ "Aeon Media Group Limited". Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission. Retrieved December 25, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Vimeo Staff Picks". June 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Catherine Arnold (October 12, 2015). "Light Pollution: How It Makes Animals Feel, What to Do". Nature World News.
  8. ^ Sallie Robins (June 17, 2014). "Winners Announced for 2014 Journalism Awards". Association of British Science Writers. Archived from the original on June 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Aeon | a world of ideas". Aeon. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  10. ^ "About". Aeon. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Elizabeth Currid-Halkett from Aeon (June 14, 2017). "The new, subtle ways the rich signal their wealth". BBC. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Aeon, Joel Frohlich (2017-01-12). "What Happens If You Stick Your Head in a Particle Accelerator?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-07-13.

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