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Martin Gardner

Martin GardnerBorn: 21-Oct-1914
Birthplace: Tulsa, OK
Died: 22-May-2010
Location of death: Norman, OK
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Deist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mathematical games, Scientific American

Military service: US Navy (1941-45)

Long-time columnist for Scientific American, widely-read debunker of pseudoscientific canards, author of numerous books of mathematical brain-teasers. Also wrote the annotation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, revealing Carroll's mathematical gems and cultural references in the text.


[1] "I decided I couldn't call myself a Christian in any legitimate sense of the word, but I have retained a belief in a personal God."

Wife: Charlotte Greenwald (d. 2001, two sons)
Son: James

    University: BA Philosophy, University of Chicago (1936)

    Scientific American Columnist "Mathematical Games" (1957-82)
    The Tulsa Tribune Reporter
    Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Fellow
    CSICOP Board Member
    False Memory Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board

Author of books:
Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (1952)
Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (1956)
Science Puzzlers (1957)
The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was (1957, with Russel B. Nye)
Logic Machines and Diagrams (1958)
The Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions (1959)
The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass (1960, annotations on Lewis Carroll)
Relativity for the Million (1962)
The Ambidextrous Universe (1964)
New Mathematical Diversions from Scientific American (1966)
Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers (1969)
Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing (1972)
The Flight of Peter Fromm (1973)
Mathematical Carnival: From Penny Puzzles, Card Shuffles and Tricks of Lightning Calculators to Roller Coaster Rides into the Fourth Dimension (1975)
The Incredible Dr. Matrix (1976)
Aha! Aha! Insight (1978)
The Mathematical Gardner (1981)
Science, Good, Bad, and Bogus (1981)
Aha! Gotcha!: Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight (1982)
Order and Surprise (1983)
Wheels, Life, and Other Mathematical Amusements (1983)
The Whys of A Philosophical Scrivener (1983)
Magic Numbers of Dr Matrix (1985)
Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainments (1986)
Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles (1986)
The No-Sided Professor and Other Tales of Fantasy, Humor, Mystery, and Philosophy (1987, short stories)
Riddles of the Sphinx (1987)
Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments (1987)
The New Age: Notes of A Fringe Watcher (1988)
More Annotated Alice (1990)
The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings (1990)
The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions (1991)
Fractal Music, Hypercards and More (1991)
On the Wild Side (1992, debunkings)
My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles (1994)
Classic Brainteaser (1995)
Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery (1995)
Weird Water & Fuzzy Logic: More Notes of a Fringe Watcher (1996, debunkings)
The Night Is Large (1997, collected essays)
Martin Gardner's Table Magic (1998)
Gardner's Whys & Wherefores (1999)
From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley, Jr. (2000)
A Gardner's Workout: Training the Mind and Entertaining the Spirit (2001)
Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? (2001, debunkings)
Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries? (2003)
Smart Science Tricks (2004)
The Jinn from Hyperspace and Other Scribblings: Both Serious and Whimsical (2007)
A Lifetime of Puzzles: A Collection of Puzzles in Honor of Martin Gardner's 90th Birthday (2008)
Mathematical Wizardry for A Gardner (2009)


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