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May 24, 2010
Martin Gardner, RIP
I note with sadness that Martin Gardner died this weekend at the age of 95.. Many will know him from his longtime "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American (where I first encountered him while I was growing up in the 1970s). In recent years, he devoted a lot of time to speaking up for skeptical causes and against all sorts of quackery, a cause I respect very much (although I sometimes wonder how much good it does).
A good overview of his work is found in The Night Is Large: Collected Essays, 1938-1995, and there are many, many other collections of his work out there. He'll be missed.
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