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Martin Gardner and Philosophy & Religion
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Save for Later. About this Item Highly enjoyable essays. After the war, Gardner attended college at the University of Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy there. He also attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, but he did not earn a master's degree there. The rest of his education he achieved independently through his wide reading and library research.
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For many decades, Gardner, his wife Charlotte, and their two sons lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where he earned his living as an independent author, publishing books with several different publishers, and also publishing hundreds of magazine articles in various magazines. Either by choice or a happy coincidence, he lived on Euclid Avenue. In , he and his wife semi-retired and moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina where they lived in relative seclusion.
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He and his wife had a long and happy marriage until her death in Martin Gardner more or less single-handedly sustained and nurtured interest in recreational mathematics in the U. He is best known for his decades-long efforts in popular mathematics and science journalism, particularly through his "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American.
The "Mathematical Games" column ran from to and introduced many subjects to a wider audience, including:. In , on Gardner's retirement, the column was replaced by Douglas Hofstadter's "Metamagical Themas", a name that is an anagram of "Mathematical Games".
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