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Who was Martin Gardner?

First and last, he was a skeptic, who was most well known as a scientific American, writer and annotator. This mere mortal was a mathematician, magician & mysterian, who turned out to be a big inspiration to several generations of people all over the world.

To some, Martin was the best friend mathematics ever had, and to others he was one of the most influential magicians of the last century. He's universally acknowledged as the founding father of the modern skeptical movement, and his written legacy includes over 100 books, from his best selling Annotated Alice to dozens of classics on recreational mathematics and puzzles.

But don't take our word for it, see what the experts say:

"[O]ne of the great intellects produced in this country in the 20th century"—Douglas Hofstadter

"Martin Gardner's contribution to contemporary intellectual culture is unique--in its range, its insight, and understanding of hard questions that matter"—Noam Chomsky

"[T]he single brightest beacon defending rationality and good science against the mysticism and anti-intellectualism that surround us"—Stephen Jay Gould

"[He] brought more mathematics to more millions than anyone else"—Richard K. Guy

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Martin Gardner (1914-2010)

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Mysterian
Mortal

Select any row, column or diagonal in the square of cards, and sum those values to get a number S. Now pick any of the cards making up that row, column or diagonal, say one of value V. Pick up a copy of Martin's classic Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (Dover, 1956), and turn to the first page in Chapter V. Count down to the word in position S in the first paragraph. For instance, if your sum S is 10 and the value V is 4, you are looking at the 10th word in chapter 4. Concentrate hard on that word. Now click on the curtain to reveal that "Martin Knows What You're Thinking...Of!"

The word you are thinking of is "OF"

 

The Martin Gardner Centennial initiative is a project of Gathering 4 Gardner, Inc (G4G), to celebrate the centennial of the birth year of the writer Martin Gardner, who lived from 21 Oct 1914 to 22 May 2010.

Gathering 4 Gardner, Inc (G4G) is a non-profit corporation that works to honor the achievements of Martin Gardner by promoting the lucid exposition of new and accessible ideas in recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, and philosophy, as well as encouraging further creative work in these areas by enthusiasts of all ages.