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Clifford A. Pickover is a prolific author and futurist, having published more than 45 books, translated into over a dozen languages. Exploring topics ranging from computers and creativity to art, mathematics, parallel universes, Einstein, time travel, alien life, religion, dimethyltryptamine elves, and the nature of human genius, his most recent titles include Archimedes to Hawking; A Beginner's Guide to Immortality; The Möbius Strip; Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves; A Passion for Mathematics; Calculus and Pizza; The Paradox of God and the Science of Omniscience; Surfing Through Hyperspace; The Science of Aliens; and Time: A Traveler's Guide. In addition, he has authored more than 200 articles on topics in science, art, and mathematics.
Pickover has been elected a Fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry for his "significant contributions to the general public's understanding of science, reason, and critical inquiry through scholarship, writing, and work in the media." Other Fellows have included Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov.
He received his Ph.D. from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, having graduated first in his class from Franklin and Marshall College. He has also been granted more than 150 U.S. patents for inventions dealing with computing technologies. Pickover is currently the associate editor for several journals.
He and his book The Math Book were winners of the 2011 Neumann Prize. Pickover's books also focus on the history of science and mathematics, with such titles as Archimedes to Hawking, as well as The Math Book, The Physics Book, and The Medical Book -- a trilogy of more than 1,500 pages that presents various historical milestones, breakthroughs, and curiosities.
The New York Times has proclaimed, "Pickover contemplates realms beyond our known reality." The Los Angeles Times recently wrote, "Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art and thought." Wired magazine wrote, "Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." Pickover's computer graphics have been featured in many popular magazines and on TV shows. His web site has received millions of visits.
Pickover's primary interest is finding new ways to continually expand creativity by melding art, science, mathematics, and other seemingly disparate areas of human endeavor. Other hobbies include Ch'ang-Shih Tai-Chi Ch'uan, Shaolin Kung Fu, and piano. He owns a 110-gallon aquarium filled with Lima shovelnose catfishes and Florida gar, and advises readers to maintain a shovelnose tank in order to foster a sense of mystery in their lives. Look into the fish's eudaemonic eyes, dream of Elysian Fields, and soar.
Main interests: science, science fiction, technology, strange reality, futurism, innovation, mathematics, creativity, future of publishing.
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