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When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish
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Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books, as well as countless magazine articles and other shorter works. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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"Smart, witty essays on science and culture." --Carolyn Kellogg, "Los Angeles"" Times" "Martin Gardner is indispensable. Here's the perfect introduction to the range of his obsessions--from Ann Coulter to the Wizard of Oz. With Gardner, the exercise of reason and taste is always a virtuoso performance." --William Poundstone, bestselling author of 12 books, including the forthcoming "Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)" "Martin Gardner keeps knocking my socks off. After all these years, I thought I knew his work inside and out, but this latest collection is full of surprises. Alongside some Gardner classics (a celebration of the Fibonacci numbers, a debunking of parapsychology) we are treated to essays on Santa Claus, the sinking of the Titanic, and a 'one-poem poet' who turned the evolution of life on earth into a love story." --Brain Hayes, author of "Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions" "Another provocative set of debunking essays from Mr. Gardner. Golden oldies, platinum perennials, contemporary cuties--however characterized, the pieces reveal once again the limpidity of his thought and the engagingness of his prose. Good stuff!" --John Allen Paulos, author of "Innumeracy "and "Irreligion" "From Ann Coulter to the Anthropic Principle, Martin Gardner is a magician's magician, opening our minds to the crazy world around us. These essays are fun to read, and have deep roots and pointers to follow if you want to know more." --Persi Diaconis, Stanford University
"Smart, witty essays on science and culture." -Carolyn Kellogg, "Los Angeles"" Times" "Martin Gardner is indispensable. Here's the perfect introduction to the range of his obsessions-from Ann Coulter to the Wizard of Oz. With Gardner, the exercise of reason and taste is always a virtuoso performance." -William Poundstone, bestselling author of 12 books, including the forthcoming "Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)" "Martin Gardner keeps knocking my socks off. After all these years, I thought I knew his work inside and out, but this latest collection is full of surprises. Alongside some Gardner classics (a celebration of the Fibonacci numbers, a debunking of parapsychology) we are treated to essays on Santa Claus, the sinking of the Titanic, and a 'one-poem poet' who turned the evolution of life on earth into a love story." -Brain Hayes, author of "Group Theory in the

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