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Martin Gardner

About Martin Gardner

An Interview with Martin Gardner

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Martin Gardner was born in 1914 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1936 he took his BA at the University of Chicago, majoring in philosophy, in which he went on to do some graduate work. He worked as a journalist and publicity writer up to the outbreak of the Second World War, during which he served in the United States Navy.

Since then he has been a freelance writer. From 1957 to 1982 he wrote a monthly recreational mathematics column in Scientific American, which delighted a world-wide audience comprising mathematicians and dreamers, scientists and schoolchildren, computer programmers and poets. He has also contributed to the Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and other philosophical journals. He edited and wrote the introduction to The Moscow Puzzles by Boris A. Kordemsky.

Of his many books Penguin publish Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions, More Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions, Mathematical Carnival, Mathematical Circus, Mathematical Magic Show, The Ambidextrous Universe and The Night is Large, as well as The Annotated Alice and The Hunting of the Snark, of which he is editor.

Among his other books are Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, The Relativity Explosion, Logic Machines and Diagrams, The Annotated Ancient Mariner, Order and Surprise, The New Age, Science: Good, Bad and Bogus, How Not to Test a Psychic, The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener and Gardner's Whys and Wherefores.

Martin Gardner is married and has two sons. His main hobby is conjuring.

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