Monday, May 24, 2010

Martin Gardner (1914-2010)

Martin Gardner was a great inspiration to me as a kid. Aside from being my favorite column in old issues of Scientific American, his review of Gödel, Escher, Bach (in the one from July 1979 my dad gave me because it had instructions on how to build a seismometer for a science project) came back to me while I was in college rummaging through a used book bin.

As a side note: that same issue of SA had an article on the MIT bag model that I would encounter again in grad school. Plus excellent articles on the Burgess Shale and the Oklo natural reactor that came back recently as a constraint on the possibility of a time varying fine structure constant that was allowed in string theory.

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