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    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2010
    Philosopher and science writer Martin Gardner (mostly known for his Mathematical Games column in Scientific american and his annotations to Lewis Carroll's works) died last Saturday.
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    I, for one, was shocked this wasn't bigger news. He had the bad fate to die just as the people who would likely know who he was were gearing up for the Lost finale, I think. (Doesn't matter who you are; the number of people at your funeral will likely depend on the (cultural) weather.)

    I'm just realizing how much an impact he had on my thoughts, even though I wasn't exposed to much of his work. When I was 12 or so, I found my father's copy of SCIENCE: GOOD, BAD, AND BOGUS, and tore through it. It was the sweet spot for shaping me; I think I can trace much of my skeptical and scientific worldview to that and a healthy dose of science fiction at the right time.
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2010 edited
    Same here. I was really surprised to not see wider mention of this.

    His books on pseudoscience were favourites of mine, as was ANNOTATED ALICE.
    • CommentAuthorJRadley
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2010

    I'm fairly sure it was one of his Mathematical Games columns in SA in the early 80s that introduced me to the concept of the planiverse and the 'Flatland' books.
    • CommentAuthorDrew_badly
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2010
    Bugger, I've just finised Annotated Alice