Martin Gardner: A Tribute and Celebration
In a celebration of his life, writings, and mind, we here present invited tributes from a number of noted skeptics and scholars.
Martin Gardner, the polymath writer, critic, and skeptic who is widely regarded as the father of modern skepticism, died May 22, 2010, in Norman, Oklahoma, at the age of ninety-five. He helped found our Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (then CSICOP) and wrote for this magazine since its inception. (His final “Notes of a Fringe Watcher” column appears on page 10.) Throughout his life, Gardner wrote knowledgeably about an astonishing range of topics with a combination of clarity, wit, and critical intelligence that delighted readers worldwide. Those who knew him regarded him as a dear friend, a modest man, and a national intellectual treasure. In a celebration of his life, writings, and mind, we here present invited tributes from a number of noted skeptics and scholars. We begin with two of his closest friends and colleagues, Ray Hyman and James Randi. Like him, they were founding fellows of CSICOP and original and longtime members of its executive council.