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Clifford A. Pickover

Clifford A. Pickover is a writer in the fields 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 ISBN 0471269875
  • The Mathematics of Oz, Cambridge University Press, 2002 ISBN 0521016789
  • The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars, Princeton University Press, 2002 ISBN 0691115974
  • The Paradox of God and the Science of Omniscience, St. Martin's Press, 2002 ISBN 1403964572
  • 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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