Saturday, May 22, 2010

Goodbye, Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner, who inspired so very many people in the sixties, seventies and eighties, has died.  His Mathematical Games column in Scientific American, his hundred or so books, all opened young people's eyes to science, and in particular, to mathematics.
I can still remember vivid details of individual columns, writings which led me to become a mathematician, and which shaped my professional interests.

I never got to meet him, nor did I ever write to him.  But he touched my life in deep ways.

He was not a religious man, and so saying RIP seems something he'd not like.  So instead, I'll just say Goodbye.

Yours, always aiming to inspire one thousandth as much as he did,

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