"For more than half a century, Martin Gardner has been the single brightest beacon defending rationality and good science.... He is also one of the most brilliant men and gracious writers that I have known." - Stephen Jay Gould
"Martin Gardner's contribution to contemporary culture is unique." - Noam Chomsky
"Martin Gardner is that rarest of all contemporary species: a scholar in nobody's pocket; a sparkling, pellucid science and mathematics writer who can discuss Sigmund Freud, Sherlock Holmes, and proofs of God with equal fluency." - Stefan Kanfer, former book editor of Time magazine
Overall a wonderful and profound book, well written, and worth reading for anyone who is interested in the major issues in philosophy.
So Gardner in this work who is known primarily for his writing on scientific and mathematical problems really focuses on the moral and religious .
Most philosophers nowadays dodge all the really important questions, or if they don't dodge the questions, they write in a terribly obtuse style.
I have known about Martin Gardner since the 1970's when I was in High School. Until recently, I had only read one of his books - "Relativity Simply Explained" - which did not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Krajnovich
This was a very readable and wonderful book. I had known that the late-and-great Martin Gardner was a mathematician who wrote an entertaining column for Scientific American for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by James A. Magner
I can't say enough about "Whys." Gardner asks all the big questions and believes that most of them cannot be answered except from the heart. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas B Smith
His career of writing on mathematical games, magic, puzzles, and philosophy spanned 70 years. (Confession: I knew him personally. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kate Jones
I have not read all of the a book yet I want to read so I got started have not finished it but I believe it will continue to interest me very much.Published 20 months ago by Joyce Turner
I'm a fan of Gardner, having grown up with his Mathematical Games column in Scientific American. His Relativity Simply Explained is the book I always recommend to people who want... Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by Benjamin Crowell
The book arrived pretty much as described and very quickly! I would definately do business with this seller again.Published on September 11, 2009 by Joshua A. Donovan
I am a long-term admirer of Gardner's writings, starting with his "Mathematical Games" columns in "Scientific American," his "Annotated Alice" and "Annotated Ancient Mariner," and... Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by Eugene R. Walker
Gardner is an especially clear and forceful writer. He writes with humor and solid knowledge about an amazing variety of philosophical topics. Read morePublished on December 16, 2007 by Dr. Sterling Harwood