Spot the CV

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Tweefo (March 12, 2009, 14:49:27 PM):
Without doing a Google search, what about Asimov?
bluegray (March 12, 2009, 15:18:21 PM):
Martin Gardner.
Mefiante (March 12, 2009, 15:24:36 PM):
Yup, it’s Martin Gardner — answer posted while I was composing this:
Nope, it’s neither Asimov nor Kaku.

Another hint: In the early fifties, he wrote one of the first exposés of assorted pseudosciences that formed the modern sceptical movement. A chapter for each topic, which included orgone energy, scientology, flying saucers, Atlantis/Lemuria and Velikovsky’s Worlds in Collision hooey.

In truth I’m a little surprised that the man hasn’t been identified yet.

ETA: “Charles Lutwidge Dodgson” is the real name of Lewis Carroll (of Alice in Wonderland fame). Gardner wrote a regular column for Scientific American, and his 1952 pseudoscience exposé was titled Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, a book that has, more than half a century later, lost very little if any of its relevance. Gardner is a founder member of SCICOP.

bluegray (March 12, 2009, 15:43:04 PM):
Ok, an easy one ;)

This person (born 28 April 1948) is an English novelist, known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running series of comic fantasy novels. His first novel was published in 1971, and since 1983, he has written two books a year on average. He is also known for close collaboration on adaptations of his books. He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK.

PS. I am reminded of Martin Gardner everyday, since this dragon is on my desk ;)
Rigil Kent (March 12, 2009, 15:46:41 PM):
Terry Pratchett?


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