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A perpetual idea machine, Clifford Pickover is one of the most creative, original thinkers in the world today. Journal of Recreational Mathematics Pickover just seems to exist in more dimensions than the rest of us. -- Ian Stewart Scientific American Clifford Pickover is many things--scientist, scholar, author, editor, and visionary... Games It is a safe bet to conjecture that this is the best recreational mathematics book that will be published in this year... Pickover writes with his usual style and straightforward simplicity in this book. The material is presented well and can be understood by anyone with a basic middle school mathematics background. This is a cool book! -- Charles Ashbacker Journal of Recreational Mathematics Through accessible and readable prose and through detailed, highquality line illustrations, Pickover ably transports the general reader from culturally embedded traditional topics to a new and surprising frontier. -- Harold Don Allen Mathematics Teacher Pickover writes about his subject with contagious enthusiasm and comprehensive erudition. Choice A splendid recreational book... An extremely alluring page-turner. -- Andrew Bremner Notices of the American Mathematical Society

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Clifford Pickover is the author of over twenty books on a broad range of topics in science and art, a columnist for Odyssey, and an inventor. His books include Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons. Wonders of Numbers: Adventures in Mathematics. Mind, and Meaning, and The Loom of God: Mathematical Tapestries at the Edge of Time.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press (17 December 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0691070415
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0691070414
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.51 x 3.81 x 24.13 cm
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Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over 30 books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, religion, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, and science fiction.

Pickover is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, is the associate editor for several journals, the author of colorful puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults.

WIRED magazine writes, "Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." According to The Los Angeles Times, "Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art and thought."

The Christian Science Monitor writes, "Pickover inspires a new generation of da Vincis to build unknown flying machines and create new Mona Lisas." Pickover's computer graphics have been featured on the cover of many popular magazines and on TV shows.

His web site, Pickover.Com, has received millions of visits. His Blog RealityCarnival.Com is one of his most popular sites.

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