The G4G Foundation

The Gathering 4 Gardner is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the lucid exposition and discussion of new ideas in recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, and philosophy.

Martin Gardner (21 Oct 1914 – 22 May 2010) had no formal education in mathematics but had an enormous influence on the subject. His writings exhibit an extraordinary ability to convey the essence of many mathematically sophisticated topics to a very wide audience. In the words first uttered by mathematician Richard K. Guy, Gardner has brought “more mathematics, to more millions, than anyone else.”

Gardner’s interests extended well beyond the traditional realm of mathematics. His writings have featured mechanical puzzles as well as mathematical ones, and extend to Lewis Carroll and Sherlock Holmes. He has had a life-long interest in magic, including tricks based on mathematics, on sleight of hand, and on ingenious props. He has played an important role in exposing charlatans who have tried to use their skills not for entertainment but to assert supernatural claims. Although he nominally retired as a regular columnist at Scientific American in 1982, Gardner’s prolific output continued until the final weeks of his life.

Martin Gardner’s influence has been so broad that a large percentage of his fans have only infrequent contact with each other. Tom Rodgers conceived the idea of hosting a weekend gathering in honor of Gardner to bring some of these people together. The first “Gathering for Gardner” (G4G1) was held in January 1993. Elwyn Berlekamp helped publicize the idea to mathematicians. Mark Setteducati took the lead in reaching the magicians. Tom Rodgers contacted the puzzle community.

Since that time, nine more biennial conferences have been held: the most recent was G4G10, held in Atlanta March 2012. There has been significant media attention given to the conferences, including several articles in The New York Times, Science News, Seed Magazine, and other publications.

Policies: The Gathering for Gardner Foundation provides its services on a competitive basis without regard for race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.

Support: The Foundation is financially supported by the community at large. The G4G Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, based in Atlanta, GA. Financial contributions are tax-deductible.

One Response to The G4G Foundation

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