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Undiluted hocus-pocus: the autobiography of Martin Gardner

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The autobiography of the beloved writer who inspired a generation to study math and science

Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, religion, and Alice in Wonderland. Gardner's illuminating autobiography is a candid self-portrait by the man evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould called our "single brightest beacon" for the defense of rationality and good science against mysticism and anti-intellectualism.

Gardner takes readers from his childhood in Oklahoma to his varied and wide-ranging professional pursuits. He shares colorful anecdotes about the many fascinating people he met and mentored, and voices strong opinions on the subjects that matter to him most, from his love of mathematics to his uncompromising stance against pseudoscience. For Gardner, our mathematically structured universe is undiluted hocus-pocus—a marvelous enigma, in other words.

Undiluted Hocus-Pocus offers a rare, intimate look at Gardner's life and work, and the experiences that shaped both.

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The autobiography of the beloved writer who inspired a generation to study math and science

Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, religion, and Alice in Wonderland. Gardner's illuminating autobiography is a candid self-portrait by the man evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould called our "single brightest beacon" for the defense of rationality and good science against mysticism and anti-intellectualism.

Gardner takes readers from his childhood in Oklahoma to his varied and wide-ranging professional pursuits. He shares colorful anecdotes about the many fascinating people he met and mentored, and voices strong opinions on the subjects that matter to him most, from his love of mathematics to his uncompromising stance against pseudoscience. For Gardner, our mathematically structured universe is undiluted hocus-pocus—a marvelous enigma, in other words.

Undiluted Hocus-Pocus offers a rare, intimate look at Gardner's life and work, and the experiences that shaped both.

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Gardner, Martin, -- 1914-2010
Journalists -- Biography
Journalists -- United States -- Biography
Magicians -- Biography
Magicians -- United States -- Biography
Mathematical recreations -- History -- 20th century
Mathematical recreations -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Mathematics -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century
Mathematics -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Memoirs
Science -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century
Science -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Science writers -- Biography
Science writers -- United States -- Biography
title_displayUndiluted hocus-pocus : the autobiography of Martin Gardner
title_fullUndiluted Hocus-Pocus The Autobiography of Martin Gardner
Undiluted hocus-pocus : the autobiography of Martin Gardner / with a foreword by Persi Diaconis and an afterword by James Randi
Undiluted hocus-pocus : the autobiography of Martin Gardner [electronic resource] Gardner, Martin, 1914-2010,
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Science
Science writers
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