Post by Continuing Legend on May 24, 2010 14:16:47 GMT -5
Martin Gardner. Oct. 21 1914 - May 22 2010
I don't know what to say, but let me try...
One of my favorite authors. Popularized recreational mathematics, most notably with his Scientific American column. Wrote a lot - on math, on wordplay, on puzzles, on Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum (he was a big fan of both), on pseudoscience - contributing often to Skeptical Inquirer - on lots of things. A true polymath.
I know personally he contributed a lot to my love of mathematics, and I was pretty sad to hear of his death.
Post by afriendlychicken on May 24, 2010 17:48:18 GMT -5
I had a Skeptical Inquirer e-mail notification of his passing. I remember all of his puzzle books and loved his stance on pseudo-science. It's sad to lose a rare, questioning mind like his. R. I. P. Mr. Gardner.
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Post by Emperor Cupcake on May 24, 2010 22:56:14 GMT -5
Aw sh*t. I didn't know about this until just now. Weirdly enough, I just read When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish: And Other Speculations About This and That a couple of weeks ago, and was thinking of Mr. Gardner's advanced age and what a shame it would be to lose him. This is a huge bummer. RIP, Martin. :-(