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  • Martin Gardner, RIP

    Posted on May 23rd, 2010 at 21:18 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    One of my favorite authors of all time, Martin Gardner, just passed away at the age of 95.

    To me, he was the greatest technical writer who ever wrote. I remember, as a teen, pouring over every edition of Scientific American, tearing my hair out at his Mathematical Games column, wondering at the magic of it all – not just the magic of the numbers and the puzzles, but the magic of how he talked about them, brought them to life.

    In retrospect, I think Martin Gardner was the single greatest influence I had on choosing an academic career in math, both as an undergrad and in grad school.

    I think I’ll go dig out my copy of The Annotated Alice, one more time, and marvel at it.

    New York Times interview here. Associated Press obit here.