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Clifford A. Pickover

Clifford A. Pickover is a popular author of science, mathematics, and science fiction. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Pickover graduated first in his class from Franklin and Marshall College, after completing the four-year undergraduate program in three years. His books have been translated into French, Greek, Italian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Polish. He is currently an associate editor for the scientific journal Computers and Graphics and is an editorial board member for Odyssey and Leonardo.

Dr. Pickover's primary interest is in finding new ways to continually expand creativity by melding art, science, mathematics, and other seemingly-disparate areas of human endeavor. In particular, he is the author of over thirty books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, and science fiction. Pickover is an inventor with dozens of patents, the author of puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults. His Neoreality science-fiction series explores the fabric of reality and religion.

Dr. Pickover is currently a Research Staff Member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He is also the Brain-Strain columnist for Odyssey magazine, and, for many years, he was the Brain-Boggler columnist for Discover magazine.


Calculus and Pizza, John Wiley & Sons, 2003
The Mathematics of Oz, Cambridge University Press, 2002
The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars, Princeton University Press, 2002
The Paradox of God and the Science of Omniscience, St. Martin's Press, 2002
The Stars of Heaven, Oxford University Press, 2001
Mind-Bending Puzzles (calendars & cards), Pomegranate, each year
Dreaming the Future, Prometheus, 2001
Wonders of Numbers, Oxford University Press, 2000
The Girl Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, Prometheus, 2000
Cryptorunes: Codes and Secret Writing, Pomegranate, 2000
Surfing Through Hyperspace, Oxford University Press, 1999
Time: A Traveler's Guide, Oxford University Press, 1998
Strange Brains and Genius, Quill, 1999
The Science of Aliens, Basic Books, 1998
Spider Legs, TOR, 1998 (with Piers Anthony)
The Alien IQ Test, Basic Books, 1997
The Loom of God, Plenum, 1997
Black Holes: A Traveler's Guide, Wiley, 1996
Keys to Infinity, Wiley, 1995
Chaos in Wonderland, St. Martin's Press, 1994
Mazes for the Mind, St. Martin's Press, 1992
Computers and the Imagination, St. Martin's Press, 1991
Computers, Pattern, Chaos, and Beauty, St. Martin's Press, 1990 ISBN 0486417093
Neoreality Science Fiction Series
Liquid Earth, Lighthouse Press, 2002
The Lobotomy Club, Lighthouse Press, 2002
Sushi Never Sleeps, Lighthouse Press, 2002
Egg Drop Soup, Lighthouse Press, 2002 ISBN 0971482799
Edited Collections
Chaos and Fractals, Elsevier, 1998
Fractal Horizons, St. Martin's Press, 1996
Future Health: Computers & Medicine in the 21st Century, St. Martin's Press, 1995
Visualizing Biological Information, World Scientific, 1995
The Pattern Book: Fractals, Art, and Nature, World Scientific, 1995
Visions of the Future: St. Martin's Press, 1993
Frontiers of Scientific Visualization, Wiley, 1994
Spiral Symmetry, World Scientific, 1992 (editor) ISBN 9810206151

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