American mathematicianDied when: 95 years 213 days (1147 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio
Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914 – May 22, 2010) was an American popular mathematics and popular science writer with interests also encompassing scientific skepticism, micromagic, philosophy, religion, and literature—especially the writings of Lewis Carroll, L.
Frank Baum, and G.K.Chesterton.He was also a leading authority on Lewis Carroll.The Annotated Alice, which incorporated the text of Carroll's two Alice books, was his most successful work and sold over a million copies.
He had a lifelong interest in magic and illusion and was regarded as one of the most important magicians of the twentieth century.
He was considered the doyen of American puzzlers.He was a prolific and versatile author, publishing more than 100 books.Gardner was best known for creating and sustaining interest in recreational mathematics—and by extension, mathematics in general—throughout the latter half of the 20th century, principally through his "Mathematical Games" columns.
These appeared for twenty-five years in Scientific American, and his subsequent books collecting them.Gardner was one of the foremost anti-pseudoscience polemicists (is "polemicist" appropriate here?) of the 20th century.
His 1957 book Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science became a classic and seminal work of the skeptical movement.
In 1976 he joined with fellow skeptics to found CSICOP, an organization promoting scientific inquiry and the use of reason in examining extraordinary claims.