Friday math movie - Martin Gardner

By Murray Bourne, 18 Jun 2010

Influential mathematician, magician, problem solver and all-round intelligent person Martin Gardner passed away in May 2010. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American for 25 years and was a prolific publisher of books.

Here's my belated tribute.

David Suzuki's Nature of Things featured Martin Gardner. Here it is in 4 installments.

[Be prepared for the irritating burst of white noise plus tone at the beginning and end of each of these sections.]

Update, Jun 2011: It's a shame, but (no doubt) due to copyright reasons, these videos are no longer available.

Apart from Gardner's diverse interests and obvious talent, what impresses me in these videos is Gardner's humility.


See the 1 Comment below.

One Comment on “Friday math movie - Martin Gardner”

  1. nimusi says:

    RIP Martin.

    His columns in Scientific American, together with the books, were the source of my life-long interest in mathematics.

    I can still remember making the matchbox automaton from one of his articles (using jelly babies) and teaching it to play the simple game. It was awesome watching the machine improve it's gameplay simply by adding and removing jelly beans.

Leave a comment

Comment Preview

HTML: You can use simple tags like <b>, <a href="...">, etc.

To enter math, you can can either:

  1. Use simple calculator-like input in the following format (surround your math in backticks, or qq on tablet or phone):
    `a^2 = sqrt(b^2 + c^2)`
    (See more on ASCIIMath syntax); or
  2. Use simple LaTeX in the following format. Surround your math with \( and \).
    \( \int g dx = \sqrt{\frac{a}{b}} \)
    (This is standard simple LaTeX.)

NOTE: You can't mix both types of math entry in your comment.

Search IntMath, blog and Forum