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Somewhat disorganized bits and pieces about a fascinating guy 29. Oktober 2013
Von Lawrence S. Lerner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been a Gardner fan since reading his Fads And Fallacies more than 50 years ago. This book seems to be a garnering of bits and pieces he left lying around when he died at a ripe old age, laden with honor. They were assembled by his friends (especially, I think, Persi Diaconis) as a final tribute. The resulting book contains a hodgepodge of information - not always in logical order - that is interesting to anyone who is a Gardner fan - his childhood in Tulsa, his years in Chicago, including his formative experience at the University of Chicago, and his struggles to make a living as a professional editor and writer. One must overlook the disorganization and gaps and repetitions of what Gardner published elsewhere because what it contains is a lot of fun to read.
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Extremely disappointing 16. Dezember 2013
Von Bob Orr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found this book extremely disappointing. I have been a fan of Gardiner since I first started reading Mathematical Games in the Scientific American about forty years ago. I have read and own most of the books he wrote, and I found each and every one of them fascinating and amusing. The present book looks as if it has been assembled posthumously from various fragments. It is repetitive and rambling. The final chapter about his beliefs is much better covered in his book "The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener". There is nothing in this book that is not covered better in books he actually wrote. If you want disconnected meaningless anecdotes about friends and family, it may interest you. Otherwise, do not buy this book. Use the money you save to buy one of the excellent books that he actually wrote.
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Anecdotal and episodic 19. Dezember 2013
Von Dick Marti - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Interesting anecdotal autobiography---up to a point. He was doing ok with that format until he got to the chapter about his wife Charlotte. Then suddenly everything in the last 30 years of his life was compressed into one rushed chapter so that the book could be ended. There is no sense of how the events described earlier in the book meshed with his later family life----if they did. And there are few dates given, so we don't know except by detective work when things happened. He could have used an editor to organize the material into better time sequence.
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Generally a disappointment 17. November 2013
Von Rory Coker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This slender autobiography will be a chore to read, even for long-time admirers of Mr. Gardner. It is very much an old man's book, meaning that it is incessantly rambling and digressive. Like many such books I have read, it tends to pile on detail where no reader would care, and ignore detail where most readers would most want it. For example, in Chicago and later in New York Gardner "sessioned" with most of the most famous magicians of the day, yet there is hardly a word in the book about them, other than a listing of their names. [The book is crammed with name-dropping.] And then Gardner goes into endless detail about two long-forgotten cranks, Hutchins and Adler, who were rattling about at the University of Chicago when Gardner was there as an undergraduate.

Gardner also displays some exceedingly strange and unhealthy obsessions. For instance, he goes into great detail about his attempts to find out if numerous philosophers and thinkers had any religious beliefs, even when the individuals in question not only never mentioned any religious tendencies in public, but even never mentioned them to wives or children.

There is also a lot of self-promotion (an annoying feature of about the last 10 years of Gardner's literary output). His novel THE FLIGHT OF PETER FROMM seems to be mentioned on just about every other page, and another late novel, VISITORS FROM OZ, gets mentioned on what seem to be at least a quarter of the book's pages.

Gardner does explain how a man who in high school and college had little interest in math became, through his long-running SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN column, a gateway for millions of readers into the world of 20th Century math, and a close friend of many of the most famous 20th Century mathematicians. He does a less thorough job of explaining how he became fascinated with fringe science and pseudoscience, and the various crackpots that labored in that vineyard.

Gardner did lead a very interesting and productive life, and the little bit of his core story that comes through here is fascinating and possibly instructive.
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Martin Gardner fans take care 21. Dezember 2013
Von Dr. David Groce - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The "Scientific American" column on mathematical games was written by Martin Gardner for decades. It was always the first article I would turn to when I received my latest issue of "Scientific American." This book was written as an autobiography by Martin Gardner to be published after his death. It is interesting but it is not what I expected, and, in my estimation, not as good as any one of his columns. I did not complete reading the book.
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