Martin Gardner — who died yesterday — had a hand in starting the career of a great, colorful mathematician (and, famously, in helping many other mathematicians and their work become better known and loved). Behold the story of Persi Diaconis, as told some years ago in a Stanford University press release: With bare-bones mathematical skills […]
Tally of magician/forensic-pathologists
How many forensic pathologists are also professional sleight-of-hand magicians? Our survey thus far tallies one. That one is Dr. Ryan Blumenthal of South Africa. Dr. Blumenthal is also author of the slight-in-number-of-pages yet fun-to-read modern fairy tale book The Seed.