Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New York Times on Gardner


The Science section of the New York Times profiles prolific author Martin Gardner.

Tomorrow is Gardner's 95th birthday, and his newest book is just out, When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish.

What an amazing mind. I remember reading a few books of his essays in highschool -- clear, insightful, full of dry wit and perhaps even more precious, skepticism. I have a number of his books on my Wish List, including this latest one.

I love the fact that he's probably the world's best-known popularizer of math and math puzzles -- certainly recreational math -- and when he started writing his columns for Scientific American he hadn't taken a math course beyond highschool!


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