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The Magic of Martin Gardner

Location: Great Hall, the People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS
Date and time: Monday 7th April 2014, 18:30-19:30

Persi Diaconis

Martin Gardner

As part of the 2014 British Mathematical Colloquium, join Professor Persi Diaconis, mathematician and former professional magician to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Martin Gardner, with a lecture on the life, work and magic of this famous populariser of mathematics and science.

Martin Gardner brought mathematics to life for millions of people from homemakers to professional mathematicians. Professor Diaconis will try to explain what he did and how he did it. From Alice in Wonderland, Psychic exposures, bad poetry, the Game of Life, public key cryptography and a thousand other things, his clarity and curiosity are contagious. But, beware–as someone once wrote:

WARNING: Martin Gardner has turned dozens of innocent youngsters into math professors and thousands of math professors into innocent youngsters.


The access to this event is by ticket only, and members of public can

Covers of some books by Martin Gardner: