The Gathering for Gardner Foundation (G4G) is a non-profit
that works to honor the achievements of Martin Gardner by promoting the
lucid exposition of new and accessible ideas in recreational
mathematics, magic, puzzles, and philosophy.
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Through its support of biannual conferences held in honor Martin
Gardner, the foundation encourages the work of amateurs and young
people by bringing them in contact with professional scholars,
world-class expositors and innovative performers in venues that promote
the cross-discipline fertilization of ideas.
Purpose: The Gathering for Gardner is a non-profit
goal is to promote the lucid exposition and discussion of new ideas in
recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, and philosophy.
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Background: Martin Gardner had no formal education in
has 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 extend 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 has continued.
Activities: 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
inreaching the magicians. Tom Rodgers contacted the puzzle community.
Since that time, six more biannual conferences have been held: the most
recent was G4G8 , in 2006. 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.
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Mission: The Gathering4Gardner, Inc (G4G) is a
non-profit corporation that works to honor the achievements of Martin
Gardner by promoting the lucid exposition of new and accessible ideas
in recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, and philosophy
Support: The Foundation is financially supported by the
large. The G4G Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, based
in Atlanta, GA. Financial contributions are tax-deductible.
Gathering 4 Gardner, Inc
c/o Tom Rodgers
PO Box 725467
Atlanta, GA 31139
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Gathering 4 Gardner conferences are held every two years, usually in
the Spring. Conference activities include public lectures, performance
art, puzzle and book displays, close-up and large-audience magic acts,
and many more informal opportunities to mix with people who share a
interest in Martin's life and work.
The Gift Exchange is a conference tradition in which participants swap
puzzles, magic tricks, artwork, mathematics papers, and novelty items.
Many conference participants expend considerable creativity, time
and/or money on their gift exchanges.
The Gift Exchange Book bundles together the print-only Gift Exchange
items into one conference publication. For the 2006 (G4G7) conference,
the Gift Exchange book was a four-color, two volume, 700+ page limited
circulation publication sent to all G4G7 participants.
Attending G4G conferences
In recent years, site size and budget limitations have made the
Gathering into an invitation-only event. Nevertheless, everyone who has
a general interest in the activities of the G4G Foundation is
encouraged to bring themselves to the attention of the foundation.
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