Here is Martin Gardner's first collection of short stories. Culled from fiction written over the years for such magazines as "Esquire" and the "London Mystery Magazine", "The No-Sided Professor" is proof that Gardner's expertise does not stop at his scientific and mathematical works. Only Gardner can infuse short stories with the same masterful charm, wit, and philosophical brilliance that have brought him legions of fans through his mathematical-puzzle books and investigations into science and pseudoscience. Gardner introduces us to the 'No-Sided Professor', Dr Stanislaw Slapenarski, who by means of a kind of mathematical yoga blips himself and his nemesis into another dimension. In 'At the Feet of Karl Klodhopper', Gardner tells an engrossing story of lust and murder in the art world. These and other stories reveal Gardner's astonishingly wide range of intellectual insight and cultural acumen. "The No-Sided Professor" is full of tales of fantasy, humour, the bohemian life, topological wizardry, and mystery. All are stamped with the unmistakable seal of a master storyteller.
Martin Gardner (1914 - 2010), the creator of Scientific American's "Mathematical Games" column, which he wrote for more than twenty-five years, was the author of almost one hundred books, including The Annotated Night Before Christmas, The Annotated Snark, Martin Gardner's Favorite Poetic Parodies, From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley Jr., and Science: Good, Bad and Bogus. For many years he was also a contributing editor to the Skeptical Inquirer.