Editor Speaks Out In Defense Of Undiluted Hocus-Pocus

Undiluted Hocus PocusI bet Martin Gardner, author of Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner, never imagined that his autobiography would stir up so much controversy. Since Gardner unfortunately passed away after the completion of his book but before it was officially released, some people have been saying that he did not actually write it and that it was pieced together by his friends and published under his name.

To set the record straight, Vickie Kearn, the Mathematics Editor here at Princeton University Press who worked closely with Gardner during the writing and editing process of this book, is speaking out about her experience with Gardner to prove once and for all that he is the author of Undiluted Hocus-Pocus. The full article can be found here at Wild About Math.


  1. I’m surprised to learn that there are folks who think the volume was ‘ghost-written’ by others, as it has so much the ring of Gardner’s prose and thoughts… to the point where he repeatedly apologizes for the loose, “slovenly,” “disheveled” quality of the content.
    If anything, I’m surprised an editor didn’t go through and smooth out more of the writing and make it sparkle more… but I’m GLAD they didn’t (his humility shines through)!


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