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[[Martin Gardner]] (b. October 21, 1914, Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a popular American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing magic (conjuring), pseudoscience, literature (especially Lewis Carroll), philosophy, and religion. He wrote the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981 and has published over 70 books.
 
 
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'''Martin Gardner''' (1914-2010) was a popular American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing magic (conjuring), pseudoscience, literature (especially Lewis Carroll), philosophy, and religion. He wrote the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981 and has published over 70 books.
  
 
Gardner coined the term mathemagician.
 
Gardner coined the term mathemagician.
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Gardner popularized recreational mathematics and science and authored the [[Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic]].
 
Gardner popularized recreational mathematics and science and authored the [[Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic]].
  
Admirers of Gardner started meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992 which becema a bi-annual event called [[Gathering for Gardner]].  
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Admirers of Gardner started meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992 which becema a bi-annual event called [[Gathering for Gardner]]<ref>[http://www.magicnook.com/forum/bioFG.htm Brief Biography] at The Magic Nook</ref><ref>[http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2008/09/the-martin-gardner-interview/ Interview]</ref>
  
  
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* 1975 Mathematical Carnival: A New Round-up of Tantalizers and Puzzles from "Scientific American", Knopf Publishing Group; ISBN 0-394-49406-7
 
* 1975 Mathematical Carnival: A New Round-up of Tantalizers and Puzzles from "Scientific American", Knopf Publishing Group; ISBN 0-394-49406-7
 
* 1978 Aha! Insight, W.H. Freeman & Company; ISBN 0-7167-1017-X
 
* 1978 Aha! Insight, W.H. Freeman & Company; ISBN 0-7167-1017-X
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* 1978 [[Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic]], first  serialized in [[Hugard's Magic Monthly]] in the 1950s, (1978)
 
* 1981 Entertaining Science Experiments With Everyday Objects; Dover; ISBN 0-486-24201-3
 
* 1981 Entertaining Science Experiments With Everyday Objects; Dover; ISBN 0-486-24201-3
 
* 1982 Aha! Gotcha: Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight (Tools for Transformation); W.H. Freeman & Company; ISBN 0-7167-1361-6
 
* 1982 Aha! Gotcha: Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight (Tools for Transformation); W.H. Freeman & Company; ISBN 0-7167-1361-6
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== External links and references==
 
== External links and references==
 
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* [http://www.magicnook.com/forum/bioFG.htm Brief Biography] at The Magic Nook
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Revision as of 08:08, 1 June 2013

Martin Gardner
BornMartin Gardner
October 21, 1914
Tulsa, USA
DiedMay 22, 2010 (age 95)

Martin Gardner (1914-2010) was a popular American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing magic (conjuring), pseudoscience, literature (especially Lewis Carroll), philosophy, and religion. He wrote the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981 and has published over 70 books.

Gardner coined the term mathemagician.

Biography

Martin Gardner grew up in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma. During World War II, he served for several years in the U.S. Navy as a yeoman. While his primary duty was signaling by means of flags and lights, demanding superb eyesight, he was also secretary to the ship's captain and other officers.

After the war, Gardner attended college at the University of Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy there. He also attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, but he did not earn a master's degree there. The rest of his education he achieved independently through his wide reading and library research.

For many decades, Gardner, his wife Charlotte, and their two sons lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where he earned his living as an independent author, publishing books with several different publishers, and also publishing hundreds of magazine articles in various magazines. Either by choice or a happy coincidence, he lived on Euclid Avenue. In 1979, he and his wife semi-retired and moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina where they lived in relative seclusion. He and his wife had a long and happy marriage until her death in 2000.

Gardner popularized recreational mathematics and science and authored the Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic.

Admirers of Gardner started meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992 which becema a bi-annual event called Gathering for Gardner[1][2]


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External links and references

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