Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 01:38AM
Dodd Vickers

As brought to our attention by listener Mark King and the NY Times, today is the 95th Birthday of Martin Gardner, whose G4G conference convenes here in Atlanta every year. 

After he gave up the column in 1981, Mr. Gardner kept turning out essays and books, and his reputation among mathematicians, puzzlists and magicians just kept growing. Since 1994, they have been convening in Atlanta every two years to swap puzzles and ideas at an event called the G4G: the Gathering for Gardner.

“Many have tried to emulate him; no one has succeeded,” says Ronald Graham, a mathematician at the University of California, San Diego. “Martin has turned thousands of children into mathematicians, and thousands of mathematicians into children.”


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