Martin has turned thousands of children into mathematicians, and thousands of mathematicians into children. - Ron Graham
100 years ago today, Martin Gardner was born. After that, the world would never again be the same.
His life and his legacy are both well represented in David Suzuki's documentary about Martin Gardner, which seems like a good place to start:
As mentioned in the snippets last week, celebrationofmind.org is offering 31 Tricks and Treats in honor of the Martin Gardner centennial! Today's entry features a number of remembrances of his work in the media:
Scientific American — A Centennial Celebration of Martin GardnerThere are quite a few other ways to enjoy and remember the work of Martin Gardner, as well. The January 2012 issue of the College Mathematics Journal, dedicated entirely to Martin Gardner, is available for free online! The Gathering 4 Gardner YouTube channel, not to mention just searching for Martin Gardner on YouTube, are both filled with enjoyable treasures to be uncovered.
Included in the above article is this quiz: How Well Do You Know Martin Gardner?
NYT — Remembering Martin Gardner
Plus — Five Martin Gardner eye-openers involving squares and cubes
BBC — Martin Gardner, Puzzle Master Extraordinaire
Guardian — Can you solve Martin Gardner's best mathematical puzzles?, Alex Bellos, 21 Oct 2014
Center for Inquiry — Martin Gardner's 100th Birthday, Tim Binga
Here at Grey Matters, I've written about Martin Gardner quite a few times myself, as I have great respect for him. Enjoy exploring the resources, and take some time to remember a man who has brought joy, wonder, and mystery to the world over the past 100 years.