Martin Gardner is author of more than seventy books, most recently The Jinn from Hyperspace and When You Were a Tadpole and I was a Fish, and Other Speculations About This and That.
It is not widely known that Oz has been profoundly influenced by Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish Protestant fundamentalist who, late in life, became...
There are two Oprah Winfreys. One is the African-American woman who struggled against incredible odds in abject poverty to become the wealthiest, most...
James Arthur Ray: New Age Guru and Sweat Lodge Culprit
In recent years Sedona, Arizona, has become a popular haven for New Age cults of all shades. Why Sedona? Partly because of its superb scenery and sunlight,...
Thomas Gold: Is the Origin of Oil Nonbiological?
Thomas Gold was born in Vienna in 1920 and died in Ithaca, New York, in 2004 at age eighty-four. Few scientists since Kepler have combined such brilliant...
Well-known stand-up comic Bill Maher has joined the ranks of the Big-D atheists, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett...
Is it possible for someone to be extremely intelligent and creative in a certain field and at the same time...
Mr. Belloc Objects
The Battered Silicon Press, a Canadian publishing house, has brought back into print an obscure little book by H.G. Wells...
A special afterword to Hyman's report
Martin Gardner remembers Arthur C. Clarke.
Review of Ann Coulter's Godless
The Comic Pratfalls of Richard Roberts
In November 2007, Oral Roberts's singing son Richard, age fifty-nine, resigned as president of Tulsa's Oral Roberts University.
Review of The Physics of Christianity by Frank Tipler
One of the strangest books ever written about modern physics was published in 2002, and reprinted two years later.
The Memory Wars: Parts 2 and 3
Most of the cases against priests for sexual abuse against young parishioners are supported by full confessions...
The Memory Wars
It was a tragic mental health scandal: accusations resulting from supposedly long-repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse.
The philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce somewhere remarked that unfortunately universes are not as plentiful as blackberries...
Gardner recalls the paranormal claims of Elisabeth Targ
Martin Gardner on fringe-watching
As Christmas approaches, churches will be celebrating the birth of Jesus, with many references to the Star of Bethlehem.
In recent years Temple University has become a center for the promulgation of some of the wildest aspects of pseudoscience.
In the 1970s, Doug James Henning’s Magic Show ran on Broadway for more than four years.
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