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Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books on a vast range of topics including "Did Adam & Eve Have Navels?", "Calculus Made Easy", & "The Annotated Alice". He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. (Publisher Provided)
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(eng) Martin F. Gardner, the author of Threatened Plants of Central and South Chile, is a different author.

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Obras por Martin Gardner

Aha! Insight (1978) 508 exemplares
Relativity Simply Explained (1962) 406 exemplares
Mathematical Carnival (1975) 370 exemplares
The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener (1983) — Autor — 347 exemplares
Mathematical Circus (1968) 343 exemplares
Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus (1980) 329 exemplares
Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing (1972) 325 exemplares
Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (1956) 313 exemplares
Mathematical Magic Show (1977) 237 exemplares
Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles (1961) 236 exemplares
New Mathematical Diversions (1966) 209 exemplares
Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers (1989) 205 exemplares
Great Essays in Science (1957) — Editor — 199 exemplares
Best Remembered Poems (1992) — Editor — 159 exemplares
Classic Brainteasers (1994) 131 exemplares
The sacred beetle and other great essays in science (1984) — Editor — 129 exemplares
The Magic Numbers of Doctor Matrix (1985) 112 exemplares
The Flight of Peter Fromm (1973) 107 exemplares
Logic Machines and Diagrams (1958) 106 exemplares
More Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd (1960) — Editor — 94 exemplares
Order and Surprise (1531) 75 exemplares
Gardner's Whys & Wherefores (1989) 74 exemplares
Oddities and Curiosities of Words and Literature (1961) — Editor — 74 exemplares
Science Fiction Puzzle Tales (1981) 60 exemplares
On the Wild Side (1815) 59 exemplares
Puzzles from Other Worlds (1984) 53 exemplares
Mind-Boggling Word Puzzles (2001) — Autor — 51 exemplares
The Incredible Dr. Matrix (1976) 50 exemplares
Enigmi e giochi matematici (1997) 45 exemplares
Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic (1978) 42 exemplares
Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery (1995) 42 exemplares
Martin Gardner's Table Magic (1998) 42 exemplares
Mental Magic: Surefire Tricks to Amaze Your Friends (1999) — Autor — 40 exemplares
The Arrow Book of Brain Teasers (1959) 32 exemplares
The Snark Puzzle Book (1973) 24 exemplares
Pocket Puzzlers: Brain Teasers (1999) 23 exemplares
The Wizard of Oz and Who He Was (1957) — Editor — 21 exemplares
Puzzling Questions About the Solar System (1997) — Autor — 17 exemplares
Martin Gardner presents (1993) 17 exemplares
Famous Poems from Bygone Days (1995) 17 exemplares
After the Dessert (1940) 15 exemplares
Colossal Book of Wordplay (2010) 13 exemplares
Matematica para Divertirse (1988) 13 exemplares
Smart Science Tricks (2004) 12 exemplares
In the name of science (1952) 10 exemplares
Martin Gardner's Science Tricks (1998) 9 exemplares
La magie des paradoxes (1985) 8 exemplares
Optical Illusion Play Pack (2008) 7 exemplares
Mathematical Puzzle Tales (2000) 7 exemplares
Matematicas Para Divertirse (2007) 7 exemplares
Enigmi e giochi matematici (1990) 6 exemplares
Impromptu 6 exemplares
Baffling brain-teasers (1983) 4 exemplares
Thang [short fiction] 4 exemplares
12 tricks with a borrowed deck (1940) 4 exemplares
Over the Coffee Cups 4 exemplares
science puzzlers 4 exemplares
Matematikinin Galaksi Rehberi (2011) 3 exemplares
Mental games 3 exemplares
Situaciones problemáticas (2000) 3 exemplares
Los enigmas del robot Farfel (2018) 2 exemplares
Oom 2 exemplares
Desafíos mentales (2010) 1 exemplar
Ingenio Para Genios (1996) 1 exemplar
La ciencia 1 exemplar
Puzzles Old & New 1 exemplar
Есть идея! 1 exemplar
一個信徒的出走 (2002) 1 exemplar
啊哈!有趣的推理 (1995) 1 exemplar
Cut the Cards 1 exemplar
A DIE OF ANOTHER COLOR (1995) 1 exemplar
ÄLYNIEKKA 1 exemplar
4. 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass (1865) — Introdução, algumas edições25,499 exemplares
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) — Introdução, algumas edições21,942 exemplares
The Martian Chronicles (1950) — Introdução, algumas edições16,623 exemplares
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (1908) — Editor, algumas edições7,047 exemplares
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (1989) — Prefácio, algumas edições3,148 exemplares
The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition (1999) — Introdução; Editor — 2,662 exemplares
The Annotated Alice (1960) — Introdução; Editor — 2,434 exemplares
Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (1888) — Introdução, algumas edições1,446 exemplares
The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) — Introdução, algumas edições1,124 exemplares
The Annotated Wizard of Oz (1900) — Prefácio, algumas edições999 exemplares
The Club of Queer Trades (1905) — Introdução, algumas edições981 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Contribuidor — 802 exemplares
Calculus Made Easy (1910)algumas edições794 exemplares
The Annotated Hunting of the Snark (The Annotated Books) (1962) — Editor — 629 exemplares
The Moscow Puzzles (1956) — Editor, algumas edições522 exemplares
The Annotated Ancient Mariner (1960) — Editor — 431 exemplares
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories (1978) — Contribuidor — 408 exemplares
American Fairy Tales (1901) — Introdução, algumas edições343 exemplares
Little Wizard Stories of Oz (1914) — Introdução, algumas edições327 exemplares
Queen Zixi of Ix (1905) — Introdução, algumas edições289 exemplares
A Dreamer's Tale and Other Stories (1910) — Prefácio, algumas edições285 exemplares
The Magical Monarch of Mo (1896) — Introdução, algumas edições279 exemplares
Alice in Puzzle-Land (1982) — Introdução, algumas edições252 exemplares
536 puzzles & curious problems (1967) — Editor, algumas edições247 exemplares
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (1966) — Editor — 243 exemplares
Wordplay: The Philosophy, Art, and Science of Ambigrams (1992) — Prefácio, algumas edições240 exemplares
The Country of the Blind and Other Science-Fiction Stories (1997) — Editor, algumas edições219 exemplares
Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd (1959) — Editor — 215 exemplares
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
The Annotated Innocence of Father Brown (1988) — Editor — 158 exemplares
Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder (1987) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
The Wasp in a Wig (1977) — Editor, algumas edições101 exemplares
John Dough and the Cherub (1906) — Introdução, algumas edições69 exemplares
The Vintage Anthology of Science Fantasy. (1966) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Anticipations (1902) — Introdução, algumas edições65 exemplares
The Outer Edge (1996) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
The Little Book of Horrors (1992) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1949 (1949) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Marvels of Science Fiction (1979) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Magician's Magic (1965) — Introdução — 27 exemplares
Calculator's Cunning: The Art of Quick Reckoning (1964) — Prefácio — 24 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Masters of Science Fiction (1978) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (1980) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Conquest of Time (1942)algumas edições20 exemplares
Beware familiar spirits (The Scribner library ; 860) (1938) — Introdução, algumas edições18 exemplares
Lewis Carroll observed (1976) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
A Bouquet for the Gardener: Martin Gardner Remembered (2011) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (1981) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
As Tomorrow Becomes Today (1974) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 5, January 1974 (1974) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 6, February 1975 (1975) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 3, November 1977 (1971) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 5, January 1978 (1978) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 1974 (1974) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Mr. Belloc Objects and Still Objects to "The Outline of History" (2008) — Introdução, algumas edições1 exemplar
Kalki : Studies in James Branch Cabell — Contribuidor, algumas edições1 exemplar
The American book collector — Contribuidor, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Local de falecimento
Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Locais de residência
Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
New York, New York, USA
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA
University of Chicago (B.A. | Philosophy | 1936)
science writer
CSICOP: Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
Humpty Dumpty
Scientific American
Skeptical Inquirer
United States Navy
Prémios e menções honrosas
Carl B. Allendoerfer Award (1990)
Trevor Evans Award (1998)
George Pólya Award (2000)

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Martin Gardner was born on October 21 1914 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of a geologist who started a small oil business and became a wildcatter. As a child Martin enjoyed magic tricks and playing chess. After graduating from high school in 1932, he earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy at the University of Chicago, having also studied history, literature and the sciences under the intellectually-stimulating Great Books curriculum.
Although brought up a devout Methodist, he lost his Christian faith as a result of his wide reading, a transition he covered in a semi-autobiographical novel The Flight of Peter Fromm (1973).
In 1937 Gardner returned to Oklahoma, taking a reporter's job on the Tulsa Tribune, and after a spell in public relations back at the University of Chicago, in 1942 joined the US Naval Reserve as a yeoman in the destroyer escort USS Pope. On night watch, he dreamed up plots for stories, which he sold to Esquire magazine. After the war he became a freelance writer, and in the 1950s wrote features for Humpty Dumpty's Magazine and other children's periodicals.
In 1956 he sold an article to Scientific American magazine and followed this up with an essay about hexaflexagons – hexagons made from strips of paper that show different faces when flexed in different ways. This so impressed the publisher that Gardner was invited to produce a regular column along similar lines. Since he had not studied mathematics after high school, Gardner plundered second-hand bookshops in Manhattan to find enough material to sustain his "Mathematical Games" column. In the event it ran for 25 years and earned Gardner the American Mathematical Society's prize for mathematical exposition.
His lack of scholarly expertise meant that instead of relying on academic jargon, Gardner packed his prose with cross-cultural references, jokes and anecdotes, giving the column the broadest-possible appeal. He introduced his readers to riddles, paradoxes, enigmas and even magic tricks, as well as concepts such as fractals and Chinese tangram puzzles, redefining the concept of "recreational mathematics".
Gardner also became known as a sceptic of the paranormal, and wrote works debunking public figures such as the psychic Uri Geller, who gained fame for claiming to bend spoons with his mind. In his first book Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (1952), Gardner exposed such quackery as flat-earth cults, alien abductions and a belief in UFOs. The book has since become a classic; the novelist Kingsley Amis, an early fan, regretted not stealing a copy when he had had the chance.
In 1976, with Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov and others, Gardner co-founded the Committee for the Scientific Evaluation of Claims of the Paranormal, and wrote regularly for its magazine, the Skeptical Inquirer. Its most recent issue includes a feature he wrote on Oprah Winfrey's New Age interests.
In more than 70 books, Gardner produced lay guides to Einstein's Theory of Relativity; ambidexterity and physical symmetry; the bath plug vortex (the phenomenon by which bathwater in the northern hemisphere drains in an anticlockwise direction and clockwise in the southern hemisphere); and even the concept of God. He also published fiction, poetry and literary and film criticism as well as puzzle books.
In The Numerology of Dr Matrix (1967) Gardner investigated links between numerals and the occult, asking (for example) what is special about the number 8,549,176,320? (A: It is the 10 natural integers arranged in the order of the English alphabet.)
His many admirers instituted a regular convention of Gardner followers, known as "Gatherings for Gardner" (G4G), which attracted magicians, puzzle fans and mathematicians from all over the world.
Although Gardner attended these as guest of honour, as a matter of course he avoided conferences, meetings and parties, and despite his facility as a polymath never owned a computer or used email. He preferred to work standing up, and, while magic and conjuring tricks remained his principal hobby, was also an accomplished exponent of the musical saw.
Martin Gardner married, in 1952, Charlotte Greenwald, who predeceased him in 2000. Their two sons survive him.
(The Telegraph: Martin Gardner, 7:14PM BST 25 May 2010)
Nota de desambiguação
Martin F. Gardner, the author of Threatened Plants of Central and South Chile, is a different author.



What a disappointment.

I've adored Martin Gardner since I first picked up "The Annotated Alice", and he was a one-of-a-kind historian, raconteur, critic, and general pioneer of common sense and rational thinking. I was also amazed, given he was very old at the time of writing this book, to think that he had it in him.

Instead, what I soon learned was that this book was clearly put together from essays, reviews, articles, and other miscellanea previously written. Which is fine, in and of itself. Malcolm Gladwell does the same thing. However in this case, most of these articles just don't work in this context.

Take, for instance, his chapter on the possibilities of extinction by meteor -- it falls off into a film critique of two Hollywood blockbusters! And not even a critique of the science, just of his dislike for the films in general! These may have worked in a weekly newspaper column or some such, but don't have the coherence and sting to be a major chapter in a book. By a similar notion, some of the articles that debunk or analyse heavy physics do so without providing enough information to the layman. Evidently they were first written for scientific magazines that catered to a more niche crowd.

Some chapters, even worse, don't "debunk" at all, as the title claims. Gardner just explains the issue at heart, and then maybe gives a brief precis of why people do it. His chapter on cult suicides is admittedly a tough example, since explaining that kind of situation is a complex debate. However, Gardner neither explains nor debunks. He effectively just recounts what happens, without looking at the science or psychology of cult worship and leadership, nor really debunking (beyond the obvious "it's ridiculous) the theories those people held.

I won't hold this against the memory of the late Mr. Gardner, since he was a remarkable man. But this book shouldn't have seen the light of day.
… (mais)
therebelprince | 5 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
Gardner was always interesting for the way he explained concepts.
mykl-s | 3 outras críticas | Aug 9, 2023 |
Il libro di Gardner come molti libri dedicati ai giochi matematici ha il peccato di fondo di essere poco leggibile. E probabilmente questo tipo di libri andrebbero affrontati a capitoli, spezzati, letti ad intermittenza, enigma per enigma, paradosso per paradosso. E così la lettura diventa ostica e non riesco a portarla a fondo, mi blocco, mi sospendo, e alla fine mi arrendo. Ma il giudizio di fondo non è negativo, le pagine lette sono interessanti ed intriganti, se un giorno avrò il tempo di approfondire questi temi, il libro va bene, benissimo. Ma non è un libro da lettura e, quindi, va contro le mie abitudini di leggere i libri in ordine.… (mais)
grandeghi | Mar 22, 2023 |
¿Se pueden curar las enfermedades bebiendo la propia orina? Cuestiones risibles como éstas parecen ocupar las mentes de millones de personas día tras día, como si la gente estuviera hambrienta de cualquier migaja de conocimiento que se dé aires de ciencia y quisiera adoptar teorías que sólo provocan miedo y asombro. Sin embargo, estas ideas, por ridículas que parezcan, encuentran acogida en las tribunas de comunicación pública y muchas veces se convierten en temas de información respetables que no tardan en considerarse verdades. Eso dice Martin Gardner en este divertido y provocativo libro. Gardner, posiblemente el más ingenioso desenmascarador de fraudes científicos de nuestra época, hace uso de sus décadas de experiencia para desbaratar las proclamaciones de la Nueva Era y las investigaciones dudosas de eminentes científicos. Afrontando las máximas de la seudociencia con una mirada aguda y escéptica, ¿Tenían ombligo Adán y Eva? desenmascara afirmaciones engañosas en toda clase de campos, y reflexiona sobre cuestiones tan diversas como los suicidios de la secta Puerta del Cielo y el interés de algún senador norteamericano por lo paranormal.… (mais)
Natt90 | 5 outras críticas | Sep 27, 2022 |



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