Friday, 25 June 2010

Martin Gardner (1914-2010)

I've been meaning for a while to note the passing of Martin Gardner.  I have a number of framed items in my office (mainly certificates) but the only one that's actually hanging on the wall is the letter I got from him four years ago thanking me for a copy of my article A Short History of Bad Acoustics [paywall, sorry], which I certainly wouldn't have written without the inspiration of his Fads and Fallacies: In the Name of Science, my grandfather's copy of which I now own.  My friend Colm Mulcahy, who got to know him over the last decade has some personal and professional reminiscences here.