Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Ben Uelk is the creator of the website Maze Dojo. Ben, an Indiana native, has been drawing mazes for fun since 2007 and his work has since been featured in print magazines, online publications, and music album artwork. Ben is currently working on a book of mazes of each U.S. State, due to be completed in 2019.
DescriptionDave Phillips is a maze and puzzle designer, and writer of The Zen Of The Labyrinth—Mazes For The Connoisseur. Phillips has provided puzzles for Reader's Digest, Highlights, National Geographic World, Die Zeit, Ranger Rick, Omni, Games, Scientific American, and United Features Syndicate.
Emanuel Lasker (1868 – 1941) was a German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher who was World Chess Champion for 27 years (from 1894 to 1921). In his prime, Lasker was one of the most dominant champions, and he is still generally regarded as one of the strongest players ever.
George William Hart (1955) is an American geometer who expresses himself both artistically and academically. He is also an interdepartmental research professor at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, New York. His artistic work includes sculpture, computer images, toys (e.g. Zome) and puzzles. His sculptures have been featured in articles in The New York Times, Science News, and other publications around the world.
Harry Houdini (1874 – 1926) was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it.
Henry Ernest Dudeney (1857 – 1930) was an English author and mathematician who specialized in logic puzzles and mathematical games. He is known as one of the country's foremost creators of mathematical puzzles.
Hiro Kamigaki is the founder of IC4DESIGN, a collective of illustrators based in Hiroshima, Japan. The artists of IC4DESIGN were elected as part of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide for 2009-2010, and were American Illustration's and the Society of Illustrators' selected illustrators.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 – 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
Jérôme Morin-Drouin, originally from Quebec, Canada, founded The Incredible Company, which published his games and puzzles, including the origami puzzle, Manifold, from Gamewright's puzzle brand Brainwright. His first published game is Pirate Lords.
Joe Wos is a professional cartoonist and maze artist from Pittsburg. He and his work have been featured in various media outlets, including Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Until 2015, Joe was holding the record for the largest hand-drawn maze.
Karl Fabel (1905 – 1975) is considered one of the most ingenious chess composers and one of the fathers of retrograde analysis. He composed around 1250 problems of all varieties and studied chess problems of a mathematical nature, such as the Eight queens puzzle, the Knight's tour and Shannon's number.
Martin Gardner (1914 – 2010) was an American popular mathematics and popular science writer, with interests also encompassing scientific skepticism, micromagic, philosophy, religion, and literature—especially the writings of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, and G. K. Chesterton.
Matthew Haussler is an American artist who has created artwork for productions on CBS, ESPN, and YouTube. He has published more than 10 books and in 2015 broke the record for the largest hand-drawn maze.
Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals.
Paul Charles Morphy (1837 – 1884) was an American chess player. He is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion. A chess prodigy, he was called "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess" because he had a brilliant chess career but retired from the game while still young. Bobby Fischer ranked him among the ten greatest players of all time and described him as "perhaps the most accurate player who ever lived".
Peter Wason (1924 – 2003) was a cognitive psychologist who pioneered the Psychology of Reasoning. He progressed explanations as to why people make certain consistent mistakes in logical reasoning. He designed problems and tests to demonstrate these processes, such as the Wason selection task and the 2-4-6 problem. He also coined the term "confirmation bias".
Raymond Merrill Smullyan (1919 – 2017) was an American mathematician, magician, concert pianist, logician, Taoist, and philosopher. Born in Far Rockaway, New York, his first career was stage magic. He earned a BSc from the University of Chicago in 1955 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1959. He is one of many logicians to have studied with Alonzo Church.
Sir Roger Penrose (1931) is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Penrose has made contributions to the mathematical physics of general relativity and cosmology. He has received several prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics.
Samuel Loyd (1841 – 1911), born in Philadelphia and raised in New York City, was an American chess player, chess composer, puzzle author, and recreational mathematician. As a chess composer, he authored a number of chess problems, often with interesting themes. At his peak, Loyd was one of the best chess players in the US and was ranked 15th in the world, according to chessmetrics.com.
Thoka Maer is a German artist who creates illustrations and short animations. Her scope of work runs the gamut from the figurative/narrative to the abstract/surreal, though it is held together by the consistent use of pencil and crayon.