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Martin Gardner has died
Posted: 22 May 2010 06:08 PM   [ Ignore ]
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My first exposure to skeptical literature was through his marvelous Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science. He was one of the few real greats.

First news I see is THIS heartfelt post from James Randi.

Sad day for us all.

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Posted: 22 May 2010 08:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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downer  His book list makes him look like a mathematician, I like him!

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Posted: 23 May 2010 04:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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For me, first there was Bertrand Russell.  Then I discovered Fads and Fallacies… in the large private library of a family friend.  I started reading it while baby sitting for him.
Martin Gardner made a difference excaim

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Posted: 23 May 2010 05:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 22 May 2010 08:30 PM

downer  His book list makes him look like a mathematician, I like him!

He wrote a math column in Scientific American for many, many years.

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Posted: 23 May 2010 07:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I vaguely remember the name, but I think I’ve heard of James Randy mentioning him before.  I gather they were best friends.  I’m so sorry for his loss.

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Posted: 24 May 2010 03:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Martin Gardner’s obituary in the NYTimes: see it HERE. Important to recall that he was one of the founding members of CSICOP along with James Randi and Paul Kurtz, and wrote a column for many years for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, called “Notes of a Fringe Watcher”.

You can see some of his past columns HERE.

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Posted: 24 May 2010 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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NCSE gave him a write-up too:

http://ncse.com/news/2010/05/martin-gardner-dies-005534

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Posted: 06 June 2010 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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The radio show “Car Talk” gave their condolences and thanks to Gardner, they confessed that their Puzzler is actually Gardner’s idea.  smile  And they express their appreciation.

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Posted: 07 June 2010 11:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 06 June 2010 11:47 AM

The radio show “Car Talk” gave their condolences and thanks to Gardner, they confessed that their Puzzler is actually Gardner’s idea.  smile  And they express their appreciation.

On the local NPR station, the 6/6/98 episode re-aired this past Sunday where Martin Gardner’s son called saying that Martin Gardner was not dead, as Car Talk had led everyone to believe.  It confused me as I did not know it was a rerun, until I double checked my facts.

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Posted: 07 June 2010 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I had no idea who this guy was.  But after reading everyone’s comments and looking him up online, I’m rather sad he’s gone.

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Posted: 07 June 2010 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Dead Monky - 07 June 2010 11:49 AM

I had no idea who this guy was.  But after reading everyone’s comments and looking him up online, I’m rather sad he’s gone.

Me too. I’m hearing condolences in the oddest places. It sounds like someone I would have liked. I will have to pick up a couple of his books.

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Posted: 07 June 2010 01:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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asanta - 07 June 2010 12:47 PM
Dead Monky - 07 June 2010 11:49 AM

I had no idea who this guy was.  But after reading everyone’s comments and looking him up online, I’m rather sad he’s gone.

Me too. I’m hearing condolences in the oddest places. It sounds like someone I would have liked. I will have to pick up a couple of his books.

Excellent stuff, asanta. Start with his classic, Fads and Fallacies.

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Posted: 07 June 2010 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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asanta - 07 June 2010 12:47 PM
Dead Monky - 07 June 2010 11:49 AM

I had no idea who this guy was.  But after reading everyone’s comments and looking him up online, I’m rather sad he’s gone.

Me too. I’m hearing condolences in the oddest places. It sounds like someone I would have liked. I will have to pick up a couple of his books.

Excellent stuff, asanta. Start with his classic, Fads and Fallacies.

I will, thanks!

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Posted: 12 March 2011 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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May I suggest we change the title of this thread to “Martin Gardner Appreciation Thread”? Though I’m happy to just create a new thread.

My point, really, is… I totally appreciate Martin Gardner!!!

I loved aha! when I was a little kid. It wasn’t until Gardner passed, and I read about him on a Metafilter post, that I knew he wrote all these other great books. I have been reading them in the months since.

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Posted: 12 March 2011 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Since I’m a newbie, I’m obviously coming in late to this party. I was saddened by Mr. Gardner’s passing having read his seminal Fads And Fallicies In The Name Of Science. It was an excellant work which blew the lid off of a lot of nonsense. What makes the work so evergreen is the fact that a lot of what he refuted and rebutted still persists in popular culture today.

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Posted: 12 March 2011 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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smile  I bought his book on Relativity, just because a local book store had it in-stock, just to support his book sales.

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