9781573928526

From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley, Jr. : On Science, Literature, and Religion

Gardner, Martin

ISBN 10: 1573928526 / 1-57392-852-6
ISBN 13: 9781573928526
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:
For over fifty years Martin Gardner has been writing witty, entertaining, and highly intelligent articles on an amazing range of topics. Best known for his works on popular science and mathematics, and as an incisive skeptical commentator on the paranormal, Gardner is also an accomplished writer of children's literature, a novelist, and essayist on religion and philosophy. This collection of essays and book reviews takes its name from the bookend articles, "The Wandering Jew and the Second Coming" and "The Faith of William Buckley," which in themselves demonstrate the extent of Gardner's interests.

Besides the legend of the Wandering Jew, its relation to the Second Coming, and Bill Buckley's religious convictions, Gardner also takes on the subjects of astrology, psychic surgery, word play in the stories of L. Frank Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz), and the history of a forgotten children's magazine. In addition, there are reviews of books by astronomer Carl Sagan, philosopher Paul Edwards, and science fiction writer H. G. Wells, along with commentary on mathematics, Lewis Carroll, chess, Christian Science, science fads, and more.
Longtime Gardner fans and intellectually curious newcomers will welcome this entertaining and literate collection by one of America's most brilliant essayists.

Review:
For over fifty years Martin Gardner has been writing witty, entertaining, and highly intelligent articles on an amazing range of topics. Best known for his works on popular science and mathematics, and as an incisive skeptical commentator on the paranormal, Gardner is also an accomplished writer of children's literature, a novelist, and an essayist on religion and philosophy. This collection of essays and book reviews takes its name from the bookend articles, "The Wandering Jew and the Second Coming" and "The Faith of William Buckley," which in themselves demonstrate the extent of Gardner's interests.

Besides the legend of the Wandering Jew and Bill Buckley's religious convictions, Gardner also tackles such subjects as astrology, psychic surgery, word play in the stories of L. Frank Baum (author of THE WIZARD OF OZ), and the history of a forgotten children's magazine. In addition, there are reviews of books by astronomer Carl Sagan, philosopher Paul Edwards, televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye, and psychologist Susan Blackmore, along with commentary on mathematics, Lewis Carroll, science fads, chess, Christian Science, and more.

Longtime Gardner fans and curious newcomers will welcome this entertaining and literate collection by one of America's most brilliant essayists.

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