Martin Gardner (1914-2010) was a popular science and math writer. Among his other accomplishments, he was well known for having written Mathematical Games, a column in Scientific American. In his regular columns, Gardner introduced the general public to John Conway's Game of Life, Flexagons and other topics. Gardner also wrote on a variety of non-mathematical topics. His books include Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science one of the most popular books ever written about scientific skepticism, and The Flight of Peter Fromm, a work of fiction about a young man wrestling with his Protestant upbringing. Gardner identified as a non-Christian theist.
- The realization that the world by itself contains no signs - that there is no connection whatever between things and their names except by way of a mind that finds the tags useful - is by no means a trivial philosophic insight.