Gathering for Gardner

If I go through all of my books, I have more non-fiction books by Martin Gardner than anybody else. I used to read his Mathematical Games column in the Scientific American and then used to buy the books that contained these articles. He has done more to popularise mathematics and the fun and games that can derive from it than any other person. He has also written a variety of other books on many different subjects.

Because of this, he has a great following of mathematicans, puzzle enthusiasts and even magicians. To honour him, they regularly gather together and present papers based on his work. There have been five gatherings so far. I discovered the Gathering for Gardner website by following a chain of links from a recent post of mine which mentioned Scott Kim, and in particular, his Inversions (upside down lettering).

Now there are lots of things of interest on the Gathering for Gardner web site, but let me draw you attention to two books in PDF format that you can download:

The Mathmagician and the Pied Puzzler: Edited by: Elwyn Berlekamp and Tom Rodgers [PDF]

Puzzle Craft by Stewart Coffin [PDF]

The former is a collection of papers written by various people in tribute to Gardner and the latter is an excellent resource if you'd like to build your own puzzles. Also check out the various Martin Gardner books in their bookstore.

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