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Martin Gardner has died

Postby Kirkinson » Sun May 23, 2010 8:40 pm

Martin Gardner, author of The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Hunting of the Snark, and Universe in a Handkerchief, as well as countless other introductions and articles related to Lewis Carroll, died yesterday in Oklahoma. Very sad, but he was 95, so at least he had a long and very fruitful life. The literary, scientific, and mathematical worlds will all be mourning this loss for a long time.

There's a great profile of him from 1995 that Scientific American has just republished, and I encourage everybody to check it out:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... in-gardner

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Postby Beautiful Soup » Sun May 23, 2010 9:21 pm

Oh no, how sad. To me, Martin Gardner is THE sensible, reliable and believeable voice of the Alice books. There is no-one I would rate higher.

Thank you for letting us know Kirkinson.

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Postby aliceaficionado » Sun May 23, 2010 9:47 pm

AIW:'-( I'm speechless.
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Postby Bella44 » Sun May 23, 2010 10:12 pm

That's sad :(
Thanks for letting us know, I wouldn't have heard otherwise.

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Postby The Queen of Hearts » Sun May 23, 2010 10:56 pm

I'm sorry to hear that. :'(

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Postby Lenny » Mon May 24, 2010 7:43 am

A big loss for Lewis Carroll fans. AIW:'-(

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Postby NeVaR aSk » Wed May 26, 2010 1:44 pm

RIP Martin Gardner u_u

Around a year or so, Jenny and I try to contact him about some explanation on the authenticity of "The Wasp in a Wig" but to no avail...

One family member contact Jenny and told her that he was in the hospital... so sadly this was somewhat expected.

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Postby Beautiful Soup » Wed May 26, 2010 2:35 pm

He wrote to my mother and father back in the seventies. A couple of nights ago my dad showed me a couple of postcards he sent them in reply to an item on sphere packing that my father drew his attention to and and query my parents sent him about one of his maths puzzles.

Quite strange to hold items hand-written by the late great man.

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Postby Treacle » Thu May 27, 2010 1:45 pm

Thanks for posting the news. His death was evidently not considered big news, compared to, say, the local pro basketball team, in Oklahoma City. :(

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Postby aliceaficionado » Thu May 27, 2010 8:04 pm

His death was evidently not considered big news, compared to, say, the local pro basketball team, in Oklahoma City. :(
BASKETBALL over MARTIN GARDNER?!?! I am simply appalled.

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Postby ilovecheshirecat » Thu May 27, 2010 10:33 pm

I love all of his books! I'm so sorry to see him pass, however he was pretty old...how sad. :'(

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Postby F Truelove » Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:10 pm

This is disappointing :(
but at least we have his works!

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Postby Fane » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:01 am

I'm sorry to hear that. This is truly a great loss. AIW:'-(

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Postby Hugh Sutherland » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:39 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Martin Gardner's loss, although at 95 he certainly lived to a fine old age. His annoted editions of the Alice books has helped me to enjoy them all the more. Rest in peace, Mr. Gardner. [[/quote]Life, what is it but a dream?[quote][/quote]

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Postby Treacle » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:52 pm

The two most recent issues of Skeptic magazine contain tributes to Martin Gardner.

In the second of the two issues, the "Amazing" Randi's explanation of his friend Martin's fascination with the Alice books helped me think through my impressions on that subject. There's a photo of Randi and Martin sitting side by side, with the Robert Sabuda Alice pop-up book open on Martin's lap.

The first of the two issues contains Martin Gardner's (final) column for the magazine, and he is on the cover of that issue.

The Skeptic Society appears to regard LC as one of their own, just as the Surrealists earlier did.


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