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A Tribute to Martin Gardner, 1914-2010

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

Remembering Martin Gardner, with Douglas Hofstadter

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 talks with Gardner's friend Douglas Hofstadter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, about Martin Gardner

May 24, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Music Listeners Like Harmony's Math

Students who listened to different chords rated as more pleasing the ones that Westerners think of as harmonious, the individual notes of which have definite mathematical relationships. Christopher Intagliata reports

May 20, 2010

12 Events That Will Change Everything

In addition to reacting to news as it breaks, we work to anticipate what will happen. Here we contemplate 12 possibilities and rate their likelihood of happening by 2050

May 19, 2010 — THE EDITORS, Charles Q. Choi, George Musser, John Matson, Philip Yam, David Biello, Michael Moyer, Larry Greenemeier, Katherine Harmon and Robin Lloyd

Invisible Ink and More: The Science of Spying in the Revolutionary War

John Nagy, author of Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, discusses the codes, ciphers, chemistry and psychology of spying in the American Revolution, in a talk recorded by podcast host Steve Mirsky at the historic Fraunces Tavern in New York City. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include

April 20, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

From Eternity to Here: Sean M. Carroll's Quest to Understand Time

Sean M. Carroll, theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his new book From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time. Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include

March 30, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Breaking the Growth Habit

Society can safeguard its future only by switching from reckless economic growth to smart maintenance of wealth and resources

April 1, 2010 — Bill McKibben

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