Martin Gardner
Martin Gardner (born October 21, 1914) is an American recreational mathematician and author of the long-running but now discontinued 'Mathematical Games' column in Scientific American.Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Martin Gardner more or less singlehandedly sustained and nurtured interest in recreational mathematics for most of the 20th century. He is also interested in magic and the skeptical movement associated with James Randi. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.
Occasional conferences of people sharing his interests, known as the Gatherings for Gardner, are held in his honour. The first was held in 1993.
In his column, he introduced many subjects to a wider audience, including:-
- Flexagons
- John Conway's Game of Life
- Polyominoes
- The Soma cube
- The board game "Nash", also called "Hex" and sometimes called "John", independently created by Piet Hein and John Forbes Nash
- Tangrams
- Penrose tiling
- cryptoanalysis/trapdoor ciphers
- many others... please add them here...
There is an asteroid named in honor of Martin Gardner (2587) Gardner.
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Selected works
Books
- Mathematical Games
- The Colossal Book of Mathematics: Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems (2001; W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN 0393020231)
- The Ambidextrous Universe: Mirror Asymmetry and Time-Reversed Worlds
- The Annotated Alice
Collections of columns from Scientific American magazine
- Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions (1959; Pelican, UK ISBN 0140207139)
- More Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions (1961; Pelican, UK ISBN 0140207481)
- Further Mathematical Diversions (1969; Pelican, UK ISBN 014021996X)
- Mathematical Carnival (1975; Pelican, UK ISBN 0140220410)
- Mathematical Circus (1979; Pelican, UK ISBN 014022355X)
- Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers (1989; W. H. Freeman & Co.)
- The Last Recreations around 1996??
- many others... please add them here...
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