# Fadiman, Clifton (1904–1999)

Clifton Fadiman was an American essayist, literary critic, and noted intellectual who, among many
other works, edited *Fantasia Mathematica*^{1} and *The
Mathematical Magpie*^{2}. He became well known for the encyclopedic
knowledge he displayed on the *Information Please* radio programs
in the 1930s and '40s.

### References

1. Fadiman, Clifton. *Fantasia Mathematica: Being a set of stories,
together with a group of oddments and diversions, all drawn from the
universe of mathematics*. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958.

2. Fadiman, Clifton. *The Mathematical Magpie: Being more stories,
mainly transcendental, plus subsets of essays, rhymes, music, anecdotes,
epigrams and other prime oddments and diversions, rational or irrational,
all derived from the infinite domain of mathematics*. New York:
Simon and Schuster, 1962. Federico, P. J. "The Melancholy Octahedron."
Mathematics Magazine, 45: 30-36, 1972.