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One of American Association for the Advancement of Science's Books for General Audiences and Young Adults 2014 "His radiant self lives on in his massive and luminous literary output and shines at its sweetest, wittiest and most personal in Undiluted Hocus-Pocus."--Teller, New York Times Book Review "For those of us who believe that the sciences and the humanities don't have to be enemies, Martin Gardner is an inspiring model. Undiluted Hocus-Pocus reveals a man immersed in philosophy, religion and literature, even as he makes a career writing about science."--Jordan Ellenberg, Wall Street Journal "Readers who only know Gardner for his math and science writing will be surprised at his focus on religion, and this autobiography demonstrates his passion to explain and understand the world around him."--Publishers Weekly "Zealously debunking science fads and declaring his bafflement at the human brain, maths writer Martin Gardner was on fine form in this posthumous memoir."--Nature "For half a century, Martin Gardner (1914-2010) was an international scientific treasure... Gardner's passion for writing and his warmth and humour shine forth on every page of this book, making it a memoir of a great human being."--David Singmaster, Nature "The style is that of a memoir, conversationally phrased, and not afraid to be sidetracked occasionally by an amusing aside. Gardner paints vividly an inside picture of American intellectual life in the twentieth century, coloured by honest accounts of the many influential figures with whom he came into contact."--Alexander Shannon, Plus magazine "His illuminating autobiography, Undiluted Hocus-Pocus ... offers a rare, intimate look at Gardner's life and work."--Mother Nature Network "In summary, I give this book the highest praise that I can possibly give an autobiography: it was much too short."--Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews "[Undiluted Hocus-Pocus] is the most sincere, unadulterated biography I ever read... [D]etails of his life and personality exposed in the book help create a more complete picture of this fascinating person... Martin Gardner had tremendous influence on several generations of young minds; his autobiography will help his fans appreciate how that came about. This is a book no one who ever heard his name would want to miss."--Cut the Knot Insights blog "I only wish his autobiography was twice as long, for I never tire of reading him and feeling enriched... And thank you Martin for this last, final, further peek into your brilliant, fertile, curious, nimble, incisive, probing, captivating life and mind."--Math Tango blog "Undiluted Hocus-Pocus reminds us how Gardner taught many of us how to play the game of mathematics better."--Mathrecreation blog "A case can be made, in purely practical terms, for Martin Gardner as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His popularizations of science and mathematical games in Scientific American, over the 25 years he wrote for them, might have helped create more young mathematicians and computer scientists than any other single factor prior to the advent of the personal computer... Gardner was capable of appealing to the literary side of left-brained sorts, and did so with ... taste and restraint... Undiluted Hocus-Pocus, his posthumously published autobiography ... reveals the sort of mentality that shaped itself around his encyclopedic interests."--David Auerbach, Los Angeles Review of Books "[This book] will be an eye-opener knowing that Martin Gardner was active on so many diverse fields."--European Mathematical Society "The book is just a delight to read."--Stephen Hirtle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Here my guru and sage brought together, over the course of two hundred pages, the full range of his interests--math, magic, philosophy, stories, poetry, science, religion, politics--and combined these disparate topics with an account of his private life and intellectual development. I enjoyed every page of this book."--Ted Gioia, Millions "Reading Martin Gardner's autobiography is like spending a pleasant afternoon in the company of a 95-year-old man with sharp memories and a twinkle in his eye. Oh wait, that's what it is."--Science Musings blog "This book describes some of the pivotal moments in the life of prolific author/journalist Martin Gardner (1914-2010), who is best known for his illuminating and entertaining contributions to Scientific American magazine from 1956 to 1981. Fans of Martin Gardner will find this posthumously published autobiography fascinating."--Choice "[H]ighly readable. Even those well familiar with Gardner's writings, although they will be acquainted with much of the ground covered, will still make several new discoveries. The foreword by Persi Diaconis will also interest mathematicians."--Leon Harkleroad, Zentralblatt Math "A delightful book."--Peter E. Blau, Red Circle Society "For all his fame, Gardner was a humble, generous man, always modest about his mathematical achievements. His humanity, humor, and sheer decency shine through every page. Reading this book is like chatting with him about his intellectually adventure-filled life for a whole weekend."--Colm Mulcahy, Math Horizons "At the age of 95 he wrote this ... charming and informative autobiography covering an incredibly prolific and productive life that should inspire anyone who encounters it."--AAAS "Martin Gardner as one of those rare and valuable writers who could venture into the worlds of science and mathematics as an intelligent and interested layman, and then entertain the rest of us with his discoveries."--Jon Wainwright, Skeptic Magazine

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Martin Gardner (1914-2010) was an acclaimed popular mathematics and science writer. His numerous books include The Annotated Alice, When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science.

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HASH(0x9958f18c) von 5 Sternen 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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HASH(0x99596e28) von 5 Sternen 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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HASH(0x9997b4c8) von 5 Sternen Anecdotal and episodic 19. Dezember 2013
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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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HASH(0x99599dc8) von 5 Sternen 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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HASH(0x99599b94) von 5 Sternen Martin Gardner fans take care 21. Dezember 2013
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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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