For 25 years, he wrote Scientific American's Mathematical Games column, educating and entertaining minds as well as launching the careers of generations of mathematicians
May 25, 2010 |
For 35 years, he wrote Scientific American's Mathematical Games column, educating and entertaining minds and launching the careers of generations of mathematicians
Fifty years ago Gardner launched the modern skeptical movement. Unfortunately, much of what he wrote about is still current today
Martin Gardner died May 22nd at 95. He wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American magazine for 25 years and published more than 70 books. Podcast host Steve Mirsky (shown above) talks with Gardner's friend Douglas Hofstadter, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, about Gardner
Gardner eschewed special attention for his work, despite having single-handedly popularized recreational mathematics in the U.S. Nevertheless, some fond memories and insights into the man are posted below.
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