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!