Martin Gardner, polymath, puzzle-master, and philosopher, died on Sunday at the age of 95. Though he never formally studied math more complicated than calculus at the high school level, Gardner was perhaps best known for his interest in "recreational mathematics," the series of math and logic puzzles he published in books and magazine columns for decades. Beyond his skills at making science communication and learning fun, he has endeared himself to the science community (and ScienceBlogs in particular) by being a prominent skeptic during the height of New Age mumbo-jumbo, and one of the founding members of what is now the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Join our bloggers and fellow readers as they share their memories of Gardner and his many accomplishments
Pharyngula May 23, 2010
"The author of that phenomenally influential Mathematical Games column in Scientific American (if you are of a certain age you will remember it well), Martin Gardner, has died at the age of 95."
The Quanutm Ponftiff May 24, 2010
"If I have any mathematical skills, I probably owe a large chunk of them to some of Gardner's puzzles."
Dispatches from the Culture Wars May 23, 2010
"James Randi was the first skeptical thinker to have a big influence on me, but Martin Gardner was close behind him."
EvolutionBlog May 23, 2010
"Losing Gardner is like losing Isaac Asimov, Stephen Jay Gould or Carl Sagan. He will be sorely missed."
Greg Laden's Blog May 23, 2010
"Here is a sampling of his works. He published dozens of books, so this is a very loose sample."