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A Celebration of Mind – Honoring the Life of Martin Gardner

Acclaimed mathematics and science writer Martin Gardner, who introduced readers to the joys of recreational mathematics, passed away earlier this year.  Gardner was not only a hero to the mathematics and puzzle community, he was also a dear friend to ThinkFun CEO Bill Ritchie and Head of Inventor Relations, Tanya Thompson.  Tomorrow, October 21st, would have been Gardner’s 96th birthday.

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ThinkFun Bill Ritchie and Martin Gardner

Tanya, a lifelong admirer and, in later years, personal friend of Martin Gardner,  shared a personal tribute with her post “Martin, I will miss you,” celebrating Martin’s life and impact on hers and countless others.

Over the past decade, the Gathering for Gardner Foundation (G4G) has hosted conferences that celebrate recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, and philosophy.  These G4G Events bring together amateurs and professional scholars, world-class expositors and innovative performers alike  to promote the cross-discipline fertilization of ideas.  Read about the most recent Gathering firsthand from ThinkFun’s Puzzle Hunter!

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Martin Gardner loved to engage minds young and old.  To honor his memory, this year Celebration of Mind
events are being held worldwide during the week of Gardner’s birthday.  Currently there are 66 Celebration of Mind events scheduled worldwide, check out this map to see all the festivities!

Tomorrow evening, ThinkFun and The Mathematical Association of America will host a Celebration of Mind reception to celebrate Gardner’s legary and continue his pursuit of a playful and fun approach to mathematics, science, art, magic, literature, philosophy, and puzzles.  The event will feature several interactive exhibits and brief talks from key speakers in the fields of mathematics, puzzles, skeptics, and magic, including:

  • Ivars Peterson, The Mathematical Tourist
  • Dana Richards, Gardner Biographer
  • Eve Torrence, Math Professor and Puzzlist
  • Chip Denman, National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Dick Christian, magician
  • Kate Jones, Puzzle Designer and Manufacturer
  • Michael Gessel, International Wizard of Oz Club
  • We look forward to this opportunity to celebrate a true hero to the puzzle community!