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.

Dave Richeson – Interviewed at Wild About Math!

Dave Richeson, author of Euler’s Gem, was interviewed on the Wild about Math! podcast this weekend.

Listen in at the Wild about Math! site or Download the MP3

Here is what interviewer Sol Lederman says about the program, “Professor Dave Richeson is one of the most exuberant math people I’ve gotten to know but I didn’t know how exuberant he was until I interviewed him. He’s also involved in a bunch of neat projects. It was one of these projects, documented in Dave Richeson’s blog article, How I teach topology: an inquiry-based learning approach, that caught my attention since I have a real passion for collaborative learning….Richeson is a mathematician, math professor, and math blogger. He loves topology and geometry among other things. He’s taught inquiry-based math which engages students to the n-th degree, he wrote a book for Princeton University Press “Euler’s Gem,” about Euler’s polyhedron formula, he’s working on a new book about four classic construction problems, and he’s finishing up an article “Who first proved that C/d is a constant?” We discuss all these things on this podcast.”


Euler’s Gem
The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology
David S. Richeson

Winner of the 2010 Euler Book Prize, Mathematical Association of America
One of CHOICE Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles, 2009