Martin Gardner, 95, for 25 years a master of matters mathematical for Scientific American's

Mathematical Games

column and later the punisher of the paranormal and the pseudoscientific in his column

Notes of a Fringe Watcher

for the Skeptical Inquirer, died Saturday in Norman, Okla.

Mr. Gardner was the author of more than 70 books about mathematical puzzles, pseudoscience, philosophy, and the arcana of Alice and Wonderland and other popular works and authors. Though he was not a mathematician himself, his lucid explanation of puzzles and other mathematical phenomena seduced a generation of youngsters into the field.

- Los Angeles Times