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Martin Gardner was one of the most beloved personalities in the areas of recreational mathematics, magic and puzzles. The influence of his work is immeasurable.
He is the author of more than 65 books and countless articles, ranging over the fields of science, mathematics, philosophy, literature, and conjuring.
He was born October 21, 1914, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of a geologist and oil producer. He graduated at the University of Chicago in 1936 with a major in philosophy. Before World War II he was a reporter on the Tulsa Tribune, later a writer in the University of Chicago's press relations office. He died in 2010.
After four years as a yeoman in the Navy, Martin returned to Chicago where he began his free-lance career by selling short stories to Esquire. After moving to New York City, he became a contributing editor for eight years to Humpty Dumpty's Magazine. This was followed by 25 years as the writer of the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American.
He lived in the western mountains of North Carolina.