Friday, October 26, 2012
Coming Soon! Martin Gardner in the Twenty-First Century
Martin Gardner enormously expanded the field of recreational mathematics with the Mathematical Games columns he wrote for Scientific American for over 25 years and the more than 70 books he published. He also had a long relationship with the Mathematical Association of America, publishing articles in the MAA journals right up to his death in 2010. This book collects articles Gardner wrote for the MAA in the twenty-first century, together with other articles the MAA published from 1999 to 2012 that spring from and comment on his work.
Martin Gardner's interests spanned geometry, number theory, graph theory, and probability, always communicated with engaging exposition often including games and puzzles. Eight works by Gardner himself, published between 1999 and 2010, are collected here and represent the breadth of his work, including his short fiction and lifelong interest in debunking pseudo-science. The remaining 33 chapters were written in response to Gardner's work and include several articles addressing open questions he posed. They come from The American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematics Magazine, The College Mathematics Journal, and Math Horizons and demonstrate how Gardner's influence continues beyond his columns for Scientific American.
Although he took no mathematics in college, Martin Gardner inspired many mathematicians, professional and amateur, and his work was informed by frequent correspondence with other mathematics aficionados, both famous and unknown. He was even the basis for a character in a popular novel; his review of that work in included here. This book is a tribute to the deep and lasting impact of this prolific and brilliant writer. It is for anyone who, like Martin Gardner, loves mathematics.
Martin Gardner in the Twenty-First Century is edited by Michael Henle and Brian Hopkins. Look for this book coming soon to the MAA Store.