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Monday, May 24, 2010

Martin Gardner Dies

Its rare that I do an obituary here, but a particularly inspirational figure to me, Martin Gardner, Puzzler and Polymath, has died at the age of 95. His NYT obituary linked to here is well done. I used to anticipate his monthly column in the Scientific American and coded up a number of his models, including his Mandelbrot fractal descriptions. One of his heroes, as is mine, was Lewis Carroll. See also a mention in the Language Log, about some confusing uses of language he studied.

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