10 Top 10 Martin Gardner Lists
It's easy to think up categories for which a Top 10 Martin Gardner list would
be fun to come up with, and perhaps also instructive, though hardly ever
Once you have six or seven of these, it seems natural to aim higher and try for
ten, especially since 10 x 10 = 100. What better way to mark a
Who was Martin Gardner? Was he a writer or a mathematician? A magician or
a mysterian? A philosopher or a skeptic? All of the above, it turns out, and
Which of his 100 books are essential, and why?
He wrote 300 Scientific American articles? Which ones are the classics, and what
are they about?
He loved close-up card magic, and invented a lot of tricks. What are his best ones?
What are his best close-up magic tricks that don't involve cards?
He loved science and physics puzzles too. Here are some classics he enjoyed
Was Martin really one of the founders of the modern skeptical movement? Didn't
he just write one book on that topic? Actually, he was first and last a debunker,
and devoted a great deal of his energy and time to this cause.
What names did Martin use when he was writing for children's magazines in the early 1950s?
Who was Dr. Matrix? What pseudonym(s) did Martin use for some of his poetry?
Did you know that Martin had artist skills and used to do caricatures, and that
he played a role in inspiring the creation of The Wiz musical?
How that you've mastered the basics, and maybe read his memoirs too, are you
ready for a quiz?