Martin Gardner’s work influenced so many people, that any attempt to introduce recreational mathematicians that are alive today would do injustice to many others. However, there is a place and time where many contemporary recreational mathematicians meet and exchange ideas. In fact, they do so, in honour of Martin Gardner himself.
These meetings are known as ‘Gatherings for Gardner’, and take place once every two years in Atlanta, Georgia. I just returned from the 13th gathering, G4G13 for short. Indeed, the meetings resemble something out of Harry Potter! Mathematicians, magicians and puzzlists from all over the world, join forces and learn from each other old and new tricks.
This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.
By now, you have seen a broader view of the recreational math landscape. What topic, so far, ‘caught your eye’?
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