Baker & Taylor
The late "Scientific American" columnist who published books on topics ranging from magic and math to philosophy and religion chronicles his life, from his childhood to his service in the Navy to his varied professional pursuits.Princeton University Press
Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, religion, and Alice in Wonderland. Gardner's illuminating autobiography is a candid self-portrait by the man evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould called our "single brightest beacon" for the defense of rationality and good science against mysticism and anti-intellectualism.
Gardner takes readers from his childhood in Oklahoma to his varied and wide-ranging professional pursuits. He shares colorful anecdotes about the many fascinating people he met and mentored, and voices strong opinions on the subjects that matter to him most, from his love of mathematics to his uncompromising stance against pseudoscience. For Gardner, our mathematically structured universe is undiluted hocus-pocus—a marvelous enigma, in other words.
Undiluted Hocus-Pocus offers a rare, intimate look at Gardner’s life and work, and the experiences that shaped both.Book News
Debunker of pseudoscience, Gardner chronicles his life full of mathematics, science, and magic, fascinating friends and acquaintances, and his 25-year stint as a columnist for Scientific American. There are 21 chapters: Earliest memories; Lee School; Tulsa Central High, I; Central High, II; Hutchins and Adler; Richard McKeon; I lose my faith; Chicago, I; Chicago, II; I become a journalist; mother and dad; the Navy, I; the Navy, II; Esquire and Humpty; Scientific American; pseudoscience; math and magic friends; Charlotte; Bob and Betty; God; my philosophy. There are photographs. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)