College of Arts and Sciences
Martin Gardner, Recreational Mathematics
DeLee, Rebecca, "Martin Gardner and His Influence on Recreational Math" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 960.
Recreational mathematics is a relatively new field in the world of mathematics. While sometimes overlooked as frivolous since those who practice it need no advanced knowledge of the subject, recreational mathematics is a perfect transition for people to experience the joy in logically establishing a solution. Martin Gardner recognized that this pattern of proving solutions to questions is how mathematics progresses. From his childhood on, Gardner greatly influenced the mathematical world. Although not a mathematician, he inspired many to pursue careers and make advancements in mathematics during his 25-year career with Scientific American. He encouraged novices to expand their knowledge, enlightened professionals of computer science developments, and established his own proofs.