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Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner (born October 21, 1914) is an American recreational mathematician and author of the '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 Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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:-

He is the author of more than 65 books.

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Selected works


  • 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
  • The Last Recreations

Collections of columns from Scientific American magazine

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