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Martin Gardner a Famous writer Who Became a Mathematician

Martin Gardner was a popular American mathematician and also a popular writer in science. He was a skeptic, a mathematician, a mysterious, and also a magician. Martin turned out to be a great inspiration to all the people in the world.

About Martin 

Martin Gardner was amazingly good at mathematics as some people said and contributed a lot in the same field, and for some Martin was the biggest influential Magician of the last century.

Born on 21 October 1914 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the United States the man with the modern skeptical movement was universally known as the founding father for this movement. His written legacy included 100 books which included his best sellers as well.

Early life 

Martin went to the University of Chicago, in 1936 and gained his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He did jobs as a writer at the University of Chicago, as a reporter, as a caseworker, and served four years in the U.S. Navy as well. 

After being in the navy for a while he returned to the university and did graduation for a year but wasn’t able to earn an advanced degree. In 1950 Martin wrote one of his earliest articles about junk science then he came up with a much-expanded version in1952 and it became one of his first published books.

Career and achievements

In the 1940s Martin moved to New and used to write and edit at Humpty Dumpty magazines. He lived with his family for many years In New York and worked as a freelance author and earned a good amount of living by publishing hundreds of newspapers and magazines articles and publishing books with different publishers as well. 

Martin’s turning point was in the year 1960 where his book ‘The Annotated Alice’ was the best-selling original edition in his career. 

Adulthood

Martin Gardner used to write books in readable, entertaining, easy-going, and often comical publications in numbers, styles, genres for various audiences. Martin was a puzzle specialist especially for children’s minds and used to write various style puzzles, which included Science-Fiction Puzzle tales and puzzles from different worlds. 

Novels and Short stories

  • Martin Gardner wrote two novels, the first was Visitors from Oz and published in 1988. 
  • The second was The Flight of Peter Fromm and published in 1973.
  • A mathematician who designed Cathedrals in Renaissance Europe.

Interesting facts 

  • Martin wrote an article in the New York Times book and inspired the Broadway musical The Wiz.
  • Martin had skills as a caricaturist and illustrator.

Published Works of Martin Gardner

A great Poet who is also known as a great mathematician worldwide.

Awards 

  • In 1971, received the Professional Achievement Award 
  • In 1975, received the Annual Award of the Academy of Magic Arts 
  • In 1983, received U.S. Steel Foundation Prize for science writing 
  • Allendoerfer Award in 1990
  • George Polya Award in 1999 

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Death 

Martin Gardner left scientific American and moved to North Carolina with his wife Charlotte, where he continued writing articles and sending them to publish and in the year 2000, his wife died. Martin moved to Oklahoma and died at the age of 95 in Norman on May 22, 2010.

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FAQ

1.What did Martin Gardner do?

Martin published more than 100 books but also created and sustained interest in recreational mathematics. Generally created extension in mathematics.  

2. When was Martin Gardner born ?

Martin Gardner was born on 21 October 1914, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the United States

3.What do you mean by recreational mathematics?

‘Recreational mathematics which was invented by Martin Gardner is a form of recreation for conveying purpose (entertainment) instead of as stern research and application-based executive activity.

Conclusion

“Martin Gardner considers himself lucky enough for being able to earn a living doing what he liked the most and enjoying every bit of it and explored a lot as well and especially contributed in creating something like recreational mathematics.”

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