(1914 - )
Wrote: Martin Gardner's Table Magic, Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic, 12 Tricks with a Borrowed Deck, After the Dessert, Die of Another Color, Martin Gardner Presents, Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery, Mental Magic: Surefire Tricks to Amaze Your Friends, and many more books of a mathematical, scientific or puzzle nature.
He has been a regular contributor to Scientific American and is so respected by scientists, that he has had an asteroid (2587 - Gardner) named after him. His first non-magic and non-puzzle book, In the Name of Science (1952), began his exposure of cults, fads, and fallacies in the sciences. He also wrote Philosophical Foundations of Physics (1966), and a novel, The Flight of Peter Fromm (1973).