Math is Fun: Martin Gardner, Mathematical Gamester

25 May


I have to give a shout out to Martin Gardner who passed away on Saturday, at the age of 95. Gardner was a philosopher, magician, recreational mathematician (that’s a thing!) and science writer (he authored over 70 books). That is maybe the best career I’ve ever heard.

I find his story particularly inspiring because he was self-taught in mathematics. According to his wikipedia entry (fountain of truth), he wasn’t even that good at calculus (me neither!). Nevertheless, he wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for 25 years.

He enjoyed puzzles, logic, magic, chess, the works of Lewis Carroll (check out his book The Annotated Alice), debunking pseudoscience, and thinking about theology. He just sounds fascinating.

Just for fun, check out these three puzzles by Martin Gardner.


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