2016 Press

Math Books for Children by Eriko Hironaka
Published by American Mathematical Society Blogs, on September 20th, 2016
Note: Martin Gardner books are referenced in the comments.
“In this post we ask: what makes a good math book for children? Is it more important that a child be left with knowledge that they can understand and retain, or a new awareness that keeps them thinking and wondering?…”

Can You Solve It? Two Tantalising Teasers from the Prince of Puzzles by Alex Bellos
Published by The Guardian, on October 24th, 2016
“Hello guzzlers, Martin Gardner, who wrote dozens of books of recreational mathematics, would have been 102 last Friday…”

Would You Bet Against Your Candidate? by Gary Antonick
Published by The New York Times Numberplay Blog, on October 17th, 2016
“…To all who enjoy puzzles, math and magic: The Celebration of Mind, an international event inspired by the recreational mathematician Martin Gardner, will be taking place around the world over the next several weeks…”


2014 Press

Martin Gardner: In His Own Words by Katharine Merow
Published by Mathematical Association of America, on October 16th, 2014
“When MAA hosted its fifth annual Celebration of Mind on October 14, the late Martin Gardner was there in the Carriage House in more than just spirit…”

Meeting of the Puzzlers by Dana Richards
Published by Scientific American, on June 1st, 2014
“‘The line between entertaining math and serious math is a blurry one,’ Martin Gardner wrote in the August 1998 issue of Scientific American. Gardner, who died in 2010, was this magazine’s Mathematical Games columnist for a quarter of a century…”

Magic, Puzzles Delight Math Fans at G4G by George Groth
Published by Scientific American, on April 1st, 2014
“From March 20-23, Atlanta attracted hundreds of people with diverse backgrounds who communicated in the lingua franca of Martin Gardner. Perhaps the last true polymath, Gardner has inspired so many people over the last five decades that they are almost compelled to seek each other out and share their latest discoveries…”

Fans of Math Icon Martin Gardner Gather in Atlanta by Bo Emerson
Published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on March 18th, 2014
“While thousands of Atlantans will be participating in the first Atlanta Science Festival, which kicks off this weekend at locations all over the city, a much smaller get-together will take place at a downtown hotel…”


2012 Press

Math/Maths 91: Gathering for Gardner 10 by Peter Rowlett
Published by The Aperiodical, on April 5th, 2012
“A new episode of the Math/Maths Podcast has been released. A conversation about mathematics between the UK and USA from Pulse-Project.org. First Samuel and Peter were joined by special guest Edmund Harriss to talk about his time at Gathering for Gardner 10…”

Gathering for Logic Puzzles by Katharine Merow
Published by MAA Focus, on January, 2012
“MAA and ThinkFun hosted the second annual Gathering for Gardner Celebration of Mind on October 21, what would have been popular mathematics and science writer Martin Gardner’s 97th birthday…”

2011 Press

Gathering for Gardner’s Celebration of Mind II
Published by MAA Math in the News, in October 21st, 2011
“Longtime acclaimed mathematics and science writer Martin Gardner, who introduced readers to the joys of recreational mathematics and bedeviled cranks and pseudoscientists, died in 2010. To mark what would have been Gardner’s 97th birthday on October 21, 2011, ‘Gathering for Gardner’s Celebration of Mind II’ gatherings will take place around the world


2010 Press

Gathering for Gardner by Bruce Torrence
Published by MAA Math Horizons, in September 2010
“It’s a chaotic scene in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton. There’s a dental convention getting under way, and as travel-weary orthodontic professionals trickle into the packed room, they encounter a bewildering display

Mathemagical Visions: a Gathering for Gardner Album photography by Kendrick Brinson
Published by New Scientist, on May 25th, 2010
“Every two years, mathematicians, magicians and puzzle enthusiasts gather in Atlanta, Georgia, for four days. This time they were joined by photographer Kendrick Brinson – here’s what she saw…”

Magic Numbers: A Meeting of Mathemagical Tricksters by Alex Bellos
Published by New Scientist, on May 24th, 2010
Martin Gardner, who inspired the gathering we report on in this article, died on Saturday…

Gathering for Gardner: Homage to the iconic author of Scientific American’s “Mathematical Games” column by Robert P Crease
Published by The Wall Street Journal, on April 2nd, 2010
“Last Saturday afternoon, on a Japanese-landscaped hillside at the outskirts of Atlanta, several clusters of people were constructing mathematically inspired sculptures…”


 2008 Press

The Eighth Gathering for (Martin) Gardner by Ray Hyman
Published by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, on October, 2008
“The Eighth Gathering for Gardner (G4G8) took place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 26 through March 30, 2008. A Gathering for Gardner occurs in Atlanta every two years, celebrating the many facets of the polymath Martin Gardner…”

A Special Afterword by Martin Gardner
Published by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, on October, 2008
“First let me thank Tom Rodgers for having started the Gardner Gatherings and nurturing them into a unique meeting of persons interested in recreational mathematics…”

A Gathering for Gardner by Robert P Crease
Published by Physics World, on July, 2008
“How does Martin Gardner inspire so many different kinds of people? Robert P Crease explores the recreational mathematician’s appeal…”

The Science of Fun by Alex Bellos
Published by The Guardian, on May 30th, 2008
“Some of the finest minds in mathematics spend their time working on pastimes such as juggling, puzzle-solving, magic tricks and board games. So why is it still an uncool subject?…”


2006 Press

Encountering the Threshold of Humankind’s Capacity for Mathematical Gamesmanship, at the Annual Gathering for Gardner by Infinite Jest
Published by Seed Magazine, on June 15th, 2006
“During his presentation in the chandelier-festooned ballroom of Atlanta’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Akihiro Matsuura motioned to the Plexiglas cylinder lying horizontally in front of him and asked his audience what path a an elastic rubber ball would take if rolled along the cylinder’s interior wall…”

The Curious Side of Big Math by Siobahn Roberts
Published by The Toronto Star, on April 30th, 2006
“At a packed house party of 250-plus mathematicians, Robert Barrington Leigh, a decidedly unscathed-looking 19-year-old and third-year, prize-winning mathematics student at the University of Toronto, is hanging tentatively back from the crowd…”

Puzzles, Origami and Other Mind-Twisters by Edward Rothstein
Published by The New York Times, on April 3rd, 2006
“ATLANTA – Two hundred green marbles are in a green jar, and 200 red marbles are in a red jar. Thirty marbles are removed from the green jar and put into the red jar, which is then shaken and stirred..”


2004 PRESS

Puzzles + Math = Magic by Edward Rothstein
Published by The New York Times, on April 3rd, 2004
“In a room off the Japanese-style entryway of a house here, a small mahogany coffee cup is firmly attached to a polished wooden saucer. A wooden spoon sits on the plate. So do two white sugar cubes, also made of wood. But can the cup be lifted off the saucer? It seems locked in place…”

Tricksters Take Atlanta in Honor of Gardner by G Shapiro
Published by The New York Sun, April 2nd, 2004

Puzzlers’ Parley in Atlanta by G Shapiro
Published by The New York Sun, March 25th, 2004

Older Press

  • Dan Garrett, G4G3: January Convention ReportGenii, vol. 61, no. 3, January 1998, pp. 52-53. also posted on Electronic Grymoire #1240
  • Joe Nickell, Gardnerfest: Admirers `Gather for Gardner’ to Fete the Modest GeniusSkeptical Inquirer, vol. 20, no. 3, May/June 1996, pp. 5-6.
  • Dan Garrett, G4G2: The Gathering for Gardner IIGenii, vol. 59, no. 5, March 1996, pp. 346-348. also posted on Electronic Grymoire #782
  • Arthur Benjamin, Gathering for Gardner IISkeptic, vol. 4, no. 2, 1995, p. 16.
  • Dan Garrett, Pandora’s Box: Martin-izedM.U.M., vol. 83, June 1993, p. 613.
  • Scot Morris, A Gathering for GardnerOmni, June 1993, p. 96.