cover Gardner, Martin: “Fads and Fallacies” abridged pb photo, originally uploaded by monado.
Martin Gardner has died at age 96 after a career that was both long and useful. He was a fixture in Scientific American’s mathematical puzzles column for twenty-five years.
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In the 1950s, he wrote “Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science,” which debunked an extraordinary number of notions, from pseudoscientific and semi-scientific to the nonsensical. The abridged version is above; the full version below.