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Pickover, Clifford A.

Works: 202 works in 650 publications in 9 languages and 27,596 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Popular works  Chronology  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: QA95, 793.74
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Most widely held works by Clifford A Pickover
Archimedes to Hawking laws of science and the great minds behind them by Clifford A Pickover ( )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Dutch and held by 2,135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the lives and works of scientific lawgivers in chronological order, from Newton to Faraday, Ohm, and Hawking, covering over forty eponymous laws, their relation to theory, and the geographical distribution of great scientific minds
The Zen of magic squares, circles, and stars an exhibition of surprising structures across dimensions by Clifford A Pickover ( )
18 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Humanity's love affair with mathematics and mysticism reached a critical juncture, legend has it, on the back of a turtle in ancient China. As Clifford Pickover briefly recounts in this enthralling book, the most comprehensive in decades on magic squares, Emperor Yu was supposedly strolling along the Yellow River one day around 2200 B.C. when he spotted the creature: its shell had a series of dots within squares. To Yu's amazement, each row of squares contained fifteen dots, as did the columns and diagonals. When he added any two cells opposite along a line through the center square, like 2 and 8, he always arrived at 10. The turtle, unwitting inspirer of the ''Yu'' square, went on to a life of courtly comfort and fame. Pickover explains why Chinese emperors, Babylonian astrologer-priests, prehistoric cave people in France, and ancient Mayans of the Yucatan were convinced that magic squares--arrays filled with numbers or letters in certain arrangements--held the secret of the universe. Since the dawn of civilization, he writes, humans have invoked such patterns to ward off evil and bring good fortune. Yet who would have guessed that in the twenty-first century, mathematicians would be studying magic squares so immense and in so many dimensions that the objects defy ordinary human contemplation and visualization? Readers are treated to a colorful history of magic squares and similar structures, their construction, and classification along with a remarkable variety of newly discovered objects ranging from ornate inlaid magic cubes to hypercubes. Illustrated examples occur throughout, with some patterns from the author's own experiments. The tesseracts, circles, spheres, and stars that he presents perfectly convey the age-old devotion of the math-minded to this Zenlike quest. Number lovers, puzzle aficionados, and math enthusiasts will treasure this rich and lively encyclopedia of one of the few areas of mathematics where the contributions of even nonspecialists count
The math book : from Pythagoras to the 57th dimension, 250 milestones in the history of mathematics by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
27 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book covers 250 milestones in mathematical history, beginning millions of years ago with ancient "ant odometers" and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions
Wonders of numbers : adventures in mathematics, mind, and meaning by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
21 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty - each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than the extraneous, convoluted history of it. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify many of the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." Each chapter in Wonders of Numbers is a paradox and a mystery. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number to big it makes a trillion look small, Dr
Surfing through hyperspace understanding higher universes in six easy lessons by Clifford A Pickover ( )
18 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Do a little armchair time-travel, rub elbows with a four-dimensional intelligent life form, or stretch your mind to the furthest corner of an uncharted universe. With this astonishing guidebook, Surfing Through Hyperspace, you need not be a mathematician or an astrophysicist to explore the all-but-unfathomable concepts of hyperspace and higher-dimensional geometry. No subject in mathematics has intrigued both children and adults as much as the idea of a fourth dimension. Philosophers and parapsychologists have meditated on this mysterious space that no one can point to but may be all around us
The stars of heaven by Clifford A Pickover ( )
17 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Do a Little Armchair Space Travel. Rub Elbows with Alien Life Forms, and Stretch your mind to the further corners of our uncharted universe. With this guide book, The Stars of Heaven, you need not be an astronomer to explore the mysteries of stars and their profound meaning for human existence." "Stars has fascinated humankind since the dawn of history. In fact, we have always looked to the stars as a source of inspiration and transcendence that lifts us beyond the boundaries of ordinary intuition. In the tradition of One Two Three. ... Infinity, Pickover tackles a range of topics from stellar evolution to the fundamental and awe-inspiring reasons why the universe permits life to flourish. Where did we come from? What is the universe's ultimate fate? Pickover alternates sections that explain the mysteries of the cosmos with sections that dramatize mind-expanding concepts through a fictional dialog between futuristic humans and their alien peers who embark on a journey beyond the reader's wildest imagination. This highly accessible and entertaining approach turns an intimidating subject into a scientific game open to all dreamers."--Jacket
The physics book : from the big bang to quantum resurrection, 250 milestones in the history of physics by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
9 editions published in 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Following the hugely successful The Science Book and The Math Book comes a richly illustrated chronology of physics, containing 250 short, entertaining, and thought-provoking entries. In addition to exploring such engaging topics as dark energy, parallel universes, the Doppler effect, the God particle, and Maxwell's demon, the book's timeline extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of "quantum resurrection." Like the previous titles in this series, The Physics Book helps readers gain an understanding of major concepts without getting bogged down in complex details. --- Book Description
Time : a traveler's guide by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
17 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Time: A Traveler's Guide, Pickover takes readers to the forefront of science as he illuminates the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe - time itself. Is time travel possible? Is time real? Does it flow in one direction only? Does it have a beginning and an end? What is eternity? Pickover includes numerous diagrams so readers have no trouble following along, computer code that lets us write simulations for various aspects of time travel, and an on-going science fiction tale featuring quirky characters who yearn to travel back in time to hear Chopin play in person
Black holes : a traveler's guide by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
9 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author introduces the physics of black holes, including Fullerene space tunnels and time dilation. Also included are codes that allow you to create black holes on your own computer
Keys to infinity by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
13 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Japanese and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What can we know about numbers too large to compute or even imagine? Do the tiny bubbles in the froth of a milkshake actually form an infinite fractal pattern? What are apocalyptic numbers and recursive worlds? These and dozens of equally beguiling mathematical mysteries, problems, and paradoxes fill this mind-bending new book. Every problem and puzzle is presented in a remarkably accessible style requiring no specialized mathematical knowledge. Over one hundred illustrations enhance the text and help to explain the mathematical concepts, and stunning color images created by the author reveal the breathtaking beauty of the patterns of infinity. A variety of computer programs offer additional ways to penetrate the enigma of infinity
Computers and the imagination : visual adventures beyond the edge by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Computers, pattern, chaos, and beauty : graphics from an unseen world by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
26 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The medical book : from witch doctors to robot surgeons : 250 milestones in the history of medicine by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chronologically documents two hundred and fifty medical milestones from 10,000 B.C. to modern times, including the history of separating conjoined twins, the discovery of viruses, and the Human Genome Project
Fractal horizons : the future use of fractals ( Book )
7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fractal Horizons is a practical guide to exploring the inexhaustible reservoir of magnificent shapes, images, and ideas associated with fractals. From art poster designs to educational tools, computer-generated fractal patterns' usage is booming. Fractal Horizons gives an account of the state of the art and speculates on advances in the future. Contributors explore the challenges of using fractals in education, art, music, fashion, chess, medicine, and more. Filled with beautiful images, an intriguing array of artistic and scientific topics, and computer/mathematical recipes, the book will appeal to anyone fascinated by unusual ideas and optically provocative art
Strange brains and genius : the secret lives of eccentric scientists and madmen by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Unveiling the hidden secrets of a number of the most intelligent and prolific real-life mad scientists, Pickover delights us with unexpected stories of their obsessive personalities and strange phobias. These common threads lead us to wonder if creativity and genius are inextricably linked to madness." Includes profiles of: nikola Tesla, Oliver Heaviside, Samuel Johnson, Richard Kirwan, Jeremy Bentham, Henry Cavendish, Francis Galton, Geoffrey Nathaniel Pyke, Theodore Kaczynski
The Möbius strip : Dr. August Möbius's marvelous band in mathematics, games, literature, art, technology, and cosmology by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Möbius limericks to get you in the mood -- Introduction -- Möbius magicians -- Knots, civilization, autism, and the collapse of sidedness -- A brief history of Möbius the man -- Technology, toys, molecules, and patents -- Strange adventures in topology and beyond -- Cosmos, reality, transcendence -- Games, mazes, art, music, and architecture -- Literature and movies
Spider legs by Piers Anthony ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Harvard scientist Nathan Smallwood leads an expedition to capture a giant sea spider which is killing fishermen off Newfoundland. The spider was genetically engineered by a woman biologist to punish people for polluting the sea
The mathematics of Oz : mental gymnastics from beyond the edge by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The tests devised by enigmatic Dr. Oz to assess human intelligence will tease the brain of even the most avid puzzle fan. Test your wits on a host of mathematical topics: geometry and mazes, sequences, series, sets, arrangements, probability and misdirection, number theory, arithmetic, and even several problems dealing with the physical world. With numerous illustrations, this is an original, fun-filled, and thoroughly unique introduction to numbers and their role in creativity, computers, games, practical research, and absurd adventures that teeter on the edge of logic and insanity. The Mathematics of Oz will have you squirming in frustration and begging for more."--BOOK JACKET
The loom of God : mathematical tapestries at the edge of time by Clifford A Pickover ( Book )
9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the mysterious cult of Pythagoras, to the awesome mechanics of Stonehenge, to the fearsome "gargoyles" and glorious fractals created on the computer screens of today, Pickover evokes the power of numbers and their connection with the search for the ultimate meaning of the universe. We learn that individuals through the ages have conjured numbers to predict the end of the world, to raise the dead, to find love, and to sway the outcome of wars. Even today, Pickover shows, serious mathematicians sometimes resort to mystical or religious reasoning when trying to convey the power of mathematics. Together we uncover mathematics in the most exquisite forms of nature - from the delicate shape of a spider web, to the curling spiral of a shell
Visions of the future : art, technology, and computing in the twenty-first century ( Book )
14 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Pickover, C. 1957-
Pickover, C. A.
Pickover, C. A. 1957-
Pickover, C. A. (Clifford A.)
Pickover, C. A. (Clifford Alan), 1957-
Pickover, Clifford.
Pickover, Clifford 1957-
Pickover, Clifford A.
Pickover, Clifford Alan 1957-
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