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Martin Gardner

The Search for the Mathematically Optimal Pack of Cigarettes

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 10.21.2016 | Science
Colm Mulcahy

Is it possible to arrange 20 infinitely long cigarettes in such a way that each one touches the other 19? No bending or breaking is allowed.

The Global Search for Education: Celebrating Alice -- Listen to the Real Alice

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.16.2016 | Home
C. M. Rubin

The book would change Carroll's life forever, but it might never have happened if a young girl had not inspired the previously unpublished children's book author to write one of the greatest children's books of all time.

Myles Away From Mathematics, Magic and Mystery

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 05.22.2016 | Home
Colm Mulcahy

Did you ever wish you'd asked one more question of somebody you once knew, who is no longer around to chat with? The great unasked question most on my mind in recent times is this.

A Million Business Cards Present a Math Challenge

Tim Chartier | Posted 01.10.2015 | Science
Tim Chartier

Check your wallet -- not for money but for your business cards. Are they still there? If not, they may be part of a worldwide math challenge. Over the past month, people around the world have been building a mathematical structure out of more than a million business cards.

The Aha Behind Leading Aha Moments

George Bradt | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Leadership is not about the leader, but rather the leader's ability to inspire and enable others. Thus leadership Aha moments are not about the leader having the Aha, but enabling others to have their own Aha moments.

Don't Beware of Math... Be Aware of It!

Tim Chartier | Posted 06.22.2014 | Science
Tim Chartier

There is a certain sense of mystery to math. You step into a question and simply stand in the unknown. Then you begin to explore, looking for pieces that fit together. This type of thinking is helpful for life, as it offers its unknowns.

Paper Dragon Illusion: Mind-boggling

Bryan Farha | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Bryan Farha

It is simply a paper cutout from complex angles that are joined together to create this wonderful sensory stimulation. Enjoy.

Martin Gardner -- The Best Friend Mathematics Ever Had

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Colm Mulcahy

What do L. Ron Hubbard, H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, Lord Dunsany, Alice in Wonderland, M.C. Escher, John H. Conway, Roger Penrose and Oprah Winfrey have in common? The same thing as Isaac Asimov, Vladimir Nabokov, and Salvador Dali.

Tied in a Mathematical Knot

Tim Chartier | Posted 12.21.2012 | Science
Tim Chartier

Over the next several weeks, sites across the globe will celebrate mathematics through puzzles, magic and fun as they celebrate the life and accomplishments of Martin Gardner. In case there isn't one of these events near you, let's have one right here.

Food for Thought: Savory Treats for the Mind From the Julia Child of Mathematics and Rationality

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 10.10.2012 | Science
Colm Mulcahy

What Julia Child did for French cooking at home, and recreational cooking in general, a man called Martin Gardner did for recreational mathematics, and rational thinking in general.

Missing Martin Gardner: The Skeptic Who Believed in God

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

On May 22, one of America's most interesting minds and engaging writers passed. Martin Gardner possessed a unique combination of literary breadth, rigorous logic, mathematical intuition, and lively, engaging writing.