Death and the Afterlife

A Chronological Journey, from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454914341

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Throughout history, the mystery of death has captivated artists, scientists, philosophers, physicians, and theologians. This eerie chronology ventures to the borderlines of science and sheds light into the darkness, exploring such diverse topics as the Maya death gods, golems, sEances, zombies, and quantum immortality. With the turn of every page, readers will encounter beautiful artwork and unexpected insights about death and what may lie beyond.

Surfing through Hyperspace

Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199923817

Category: Mathematics

Page: 272

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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. Yet this extra dimension has a very real, practical value to mathematicians and physicists who use it every day in their calculations. In the tradition of Flatland, and with an infectious enthusiasm, Clifford Pickover tackles the problems inherent in our 3-D brains trying to visualize a 4-D world, muses on the religious implications of the existence of higher-dimensional consciousness, and urges all curious readers to venture into "the unexplored territory lying beyond the prison of the obvious." Pickover alternates sections that explain the science of hyperspace with sections that dramatize mind-expanding concepts through a fictional dialogue between two futuristic FBI agents who dabble in the fourth dimension as a matter of national security. This highly accessible and entertaining approach turns an intimidating subject into a scientific game open to all dreamers. Surfing Through Hyperspace concludes with a number of puzzles, computer experiments and formulas for further exploration, inviting readers to extend their minds across this inexhaustibly intriguing scientific terrain.

Strange Brains and Genius

The Secret Lives Of Eccentric Scientists And Madmen

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688168949

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Never has the term mad scientist been more fascinatingly explored than in internationally recognized popular science author Clifford Pickover's richly researched wild ride through the bizarre lives of eccentric geniuses. A few highlights: "The Pigeon Man from Manhattan" Legendary inventor Nikola Tesla had abnormally long thumbs, a peculiar love of pigeons, and a horror of women's pearls. "The Worm Man from Devonshire" Forefather of modern electric-circuit design Oliver Heaviside furnished his home with granite blocks and sometimes consumed only milk for days (as did Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison). "The Rabbit-Eater from Lichfield" Renowned scholar Samuel Johnson had so many tics and quirks that some mistook him for an idiot. In fact, his behavior matches modern definitions of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome. Pickover also addresses many provocative topics: the link between genius and madness, the role the brain plays in alien abduction and religious experiences, UFOs, cryonics -- even the whereabouts of Einstein's brain!

The Book of Black

Black Holes, Black Death, Black Forest Cake and Other Dark Sides of Life

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 1606600494

Category: Reference

Page: 214

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Explores topics related to "black," examining aspects of fashion, philosophy, politics, and popular culture.

Computers, Pattern, Chaos and Beauty

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486151611

Category: Science

Page: 416

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Fractals and chaos theory lead to startling graphics in this book by a renowned scientist, inventor, and artist, who coordinates information from disparate fields. Over 275 illustrations, 29 in color.

A Beginner's Guide to Immortality

Extraordinary People, Alien Brains, and Quantum Resurrection

Author: Clifford Pickover,A Pickover

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786734612

Category: Science

Page: 384

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A Beginner's Guide to Immortality is a celebration of unusual lives and creative thinkers who punched through ordinary cultural norms while becoming successful in their own niches. In his latest and greatest work, world-renowned science writer Cliff Pickover studies such colofrul characters as Truman Capote, John Cage, Stephen Wolfram, Ray Kurzweil, and Wilhelm Rontgen, and their curious ideas. Through these individuals, we can better explore life's astonishing richness and glimpse the diversity of human imagination. Part memoir and part surrealistic perspective on culture, A Beginner's Guide to Immortality gives readers a glimpse of new ways of thinking and of other worlds as he reaches across cultures and peers beyond our ordinary reality. He illuminates some of the most mysterious phenomena affecting our species. What is creativity? What are the religious implications of mosquito evolution, simulated Matrix realities, the brain's own marijuana, and the mathematics of the apocalypse? Could we be a mere software simulation living in a matrix? Who is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Emanuel Swedenborg? Did church forefathers eat psychedelic snails? How can we safely expand our minds to become more successful and reason beyond the limits of our own intuition? How can we become immortal?

The Pattern Book: Fractals, Art, and Nature

Author: Clifford A Pickover

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814504033

Category: Mathematics

Page: 464

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This book will allow you to travel through time and space. To facilitate your journey, the editor has scoured the four corners of the earth in a quest for unusual people and their fascinating patterns. From Mozambique, to Asia, to many European countries, the contributors to The Pattern Book include world-famous cancer researchers, little-known artists and eclectirc computer programmers. Some of the patterns are ultramodern, while others are centuries old. Many of the patterns are drawn from the universe of mathematics. Computer recipes are scattered throughout. Although the emphasis is on computer-generated patterns, the book is informal and the intended audience spans several fields. The emphasis is on the fun that the true pattern lover finds in doing, rather than in reading about the doing! The book is organized into three main parts: Representing Nature (for those patterns which describe or show real physical phenomena, e.g., visualizations of protein motion, sea lilies, etc.), Mathematics and Symmetry (for those patterns which describe or show mathematical behavior, e.g. fractals), and Human Art (for those patterns which are artistic works of humans and made without the aid of a computer, e.g. Moslem tiling patterns.) Contents:Representing NatureMathematics and SymmetryHuman Art Readership: Computer graphic scientists, computer scientists, artists and mathematicians. keywords:Fractals;Pattern;Computer Graphics;Computer Art;Scientific Visualization;Mathematics;Mandelbrot Set;Tilings;Symmetry;Beauty;Aesthetics;Nature “Fractals can be found everywhere, and Clifford Pickover has done a good job in selecting some of the best. The range of the collection is considerable, from ‘Wood Pattern’ to ‘Trajectories of A Neural Network Quantizer in Rhythm Space’. And all posses a simplistic beauty that justifies the presence of art in the title. Such creations, possessing enormous complexity from very simple origins, truly force us to stretch our imaginations. All of the generation processes are very easy to understand, and some modifications for additional exploration are obvious … One more in the collection of works devoted to fractals, this book ranks among the easiest to understand. A natural first book for those interested in fractals as objects of mathematical study or art.” Charles Ashbacher Journal of Recreational Mathematics “Artists, scientists, and computer enthusiasts will be delighted by this inspiring collection of visually striking patterns with accompanying explanations and references.” Julien C Sprott Strange Attractors: Creating Patterns in Chaos “The Pattern Book: Fractals, Art, & Nature — fascinating! A feast for both the eyes and mind! … This book helps us gain insights on how patterns are created and their scientific connections, while letting us enjoy the impact of their visual beauty. A must for those interested in science, nature, or art.” div style="text-align: right;">Theoni Pappas The Joy of Mathematics and The Magic of Mathematics “Particularly noteworthy are the many contributions by Dr. I D Entwistle, whose name is well known to readers of Fractal Report. The images submitted by him show outstanding originality and artistry; of their class they are unique. Other contributors worthy of special mention here include Earl F Glynn and Mieczyszlaw Szyszkowicz for their striking and original images … This beautifully illustrated and informative book can be highly recommended.” C J Freeman Fractal Report “Interesting introduction to the world of patterns.” The American Mathematical Monthly “The patterns, many in black and white, some in color, are generally intricate and beautiful. Pseudocode and code are provided for many of the patterns. The book stimulates experiment. An excellent resource for entry into the world of patterns. Recommended for artists, scientists, and computer enthusiasts, undergraduates through professionals.” G J G Junevicus Choice “The Pattern Book is a visual smorgasbord … My first prize goes to the microphotograph of leaf structure showing its dendritic and fractal character.” The Chemical Intelligencer

The Physics Book

From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection, 250 Milestones in the History of Physics

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9781402778612

Category: Science

Page: 527

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Containing 250 short, entertaining, and thought-provoking entries, this book explores such engaging topics as dark energy, parallel universes, the Doppler effect, the God particle, and Maxwell's demon. The timeline extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of quantum resurrection.

Sex, Drugs, Einstein, & Elves

Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes, and the Quest for Transcendence

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781890572174

Category: Science

Page: 318

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A smorgasbord of subjects designed to bend reality and stretch the reader's mind.

The Bioarchaeology of Socio-Sexual Lives

Queering Common Sense About Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Author: Pamela L. Geller

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319409956

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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This volume uses bioarchaeological remains to examine the complexities and diversity of past socio-sexual lives. This book does not begin with the presumption that certain aspects of sex, gender, and sexuality are universal and longstanding. Rather, the case studies within—extend from Neolithic Europe to pre-Columbian Mesoamerica to the nineteenth-century United States—highlight the importance of culturally and historically contextualizing socio-sexual beliefs and practices. The Bioarchaeology of Socio-Sexual Lives highlights a major shortcoming in many scholarly and popular presentations of past socio-sexual lives. They reveal little about the ancient or historic group under study and much about Western society’s modern state of heteronormative affairs. To interrogate commonsensical thinking about socio-sexual identities and interactions, this volume draws from critical feminist and queer studies. Reciprocally, bioarchaeological studies extend social theorizing about sex, gender, and sexuality that emphasizes the modern, conceptual, and discursive. Ultimately, The Bioarchaeology of Socio-Sexual Lives invites readers to think more deeply about humanity’s diversity, the naturalization of culture, and the past’s presentation in mass-media communications.

Borderline Personality Disorder

The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies

Author: Melanie A. Dean

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781887537094

Category: Psychology

Page: 84

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Up to ten million people have BPD, one of the most unstable and life threatening personality disorders. Now professional information on what causes BPD and what treatments are appropriate is available in a jargon-free, easy-to-read format. Perfect for the lay person and professional alike. Find out what is behind the behavior extremes, why people with BPD hurt themselves or commit suicide, and what medications may be appropriate.

Prehistoric Mesoamerica

Author: Richard E. W. Adams

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806137025

Category: History

Page: 521

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An up-to-date overview of Mesoamerican cultures from early prehistoric times through the fall of the Aztec Empire, Prehistoric Mesoamerica, Third Edition will be useful and appealing to readers interested in Mesoamerican art, society, politics, and intellectual achievement.

Disturbing The Universe

Author: Freeman Dyson

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780465016778

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Spanning the years from World War II, when he was a civilian statistician in the operations research section of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command, through his studies with Hans Bethe at Cornell University, his early friendship with Richard Feynman, and his postgraduate work with J. Robert Oppenheimer, Freeman Dyson has composed an autobiography unlike any other. Dyson evocatively conveys the thrill of a deep engagement with the world-be it as scientist, citizen, student, or parent. Detailing a unique career not limited to his groundbreaking work in physics, Dyson discusses his interest in minimizing loss of life in war, in disarmament, and even in thought experiments on the expansion of our frontiers into the galaxies.

Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament

Perspectives on South Asia

Author: Carol A. Breckenridge,Peter van der Veer

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812214369

Category: History

Page: 355

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This book explores the ways in which colonial administrators constructed knowledge about the society and culture of India and the processes through which that knowledge has shaped past and present Indian reality.

Icons of Horror and the Supernatural

An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares

Author: S. T. Joshi

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313337826

Category: Horror films

Page: 796

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Offers entries on 24 of the significant archetypes of horror and the supernatural, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King.

The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceivers

Author: Roelf Bolt

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780233124

Category: History

Page: 256

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George Washington may never have told a lie, but he may be the only person—our history is littered with liars, deceivers, fraudsters, counterfeiters, and unfaithful lovers. The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceivers gathers 150 of them, each entry telling the intriguing tale of the liar’s motives and the people who fell for the lies. To collect these stories of deceit, Roelf Bolt travels from ancient times to the present day, documenting a huge assortment of legerdemain: infamous quacks, fraudulent scientists, crooks who committed “pseudocides” by faking their own deaths, and forgers of artworks, design objects, archaeological finds, and documents. From false royal claims, fake dragon’s eggs, and bogus perpetual motion machines to rare books, mermaid skeletons, and Stradivari violins, Bolt reveals that almost everything has been forged or faked by someone at some point in history. His short, accessible narratives in each entry offer biographies and general observations on specific categories of deceit, and Bolt captures an impressive number of famous figures—including Albert Einstein, Cicero, Ptolemy, Ernest Hemingway, François Mitterand, and Marco Polo—as well as people who would have remained anonymous had their duplicity not come to light. Funny, shocking, and even awe-inspiring, the stories of deception in this catalog of shame make The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceivers the perfect gift for all those who enjoy a good tall tale—and those people who like to tell them.

Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World

Author: Lynn V. Foster

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195183634

Category: History

Page: 402

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This comprehensive and accessible reference explores the greatest and most mysterious of civilizations, hailed for its contributions to science, mathematics, and technology. Each chapter is supplemented by an extensive bibliography as well as photos, original line drawings, and maps.

Spring Reborn

Author: Mildred O. Walton

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469125579

Category: Poetry

Page: 26

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Spring Reborn is a childrens book targeted for students in grades 3-6 and It tells the story of spring using rhyme. This book contains many vivid images which really brings the season alive and It concludes with a vocabulary list to further reinforce word knowledge.

Reading Death in Ancient Rome

Author: Mario Erasmo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780814210925

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

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In Reading Death in Ancient Rome, Mario Erasmo considers both actual funerary rituals and their literary depictions in epic, elegy, epitaphs, drama, and prose works as a form of participatory theater in which the performers and the depicters of rituals engage in strategies to involve the viewer/reader in the ritual process, specifically by invoking and playing on their cultural associations at a number of levels simultaneously. He focuses on the associative reading process--the extent to which literary texts allude to funeral and burial ritual, the narrative role played by the allusion to recreate a fictive version of the ritual, and how the allusion engages readers' knowledge of the ritual or previous literary intertexts. Such a strategy can advance a range of authorial agendas by inviting readers to read and reread assumptions about both the surrounding Roman culture and earlier literature invoked through intertextual referencing. By (re)defining their relation to the dead, readers assume various roles in an ongoing communion with the departed. Reading Death in Ancient Rome makes an important and innovative contribution to semiotic theory as applied to classical texts and to the emerging field of mortality studies. It should thus appeal to classicists as well as to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in art history and archeology.

The Return of Ulysses

A Cultural History of Homer's Odyssey

Author: Edith Hall

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857718304

Category: History

Page: 256

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Whether they focus on the bewitching song of the Sirens, his cunning escape from the cave of the terrifying one-eyed Cyclops, or the vengeful slaying of the suitors of his beautiful wife Penelope, the stirring adventures of Ulysses/Odysseus are amongst the most durable in human culture. The picaresque return of the wandering pirate-king is one of the most popular texts of all time, crossing East-West divides and inspiring poets and film-makers worldwide. But why, over three thousand years, has the Odyssey's appeal proved so remarkably resilient and long-lasting? _x000D_ _x000D_ In her much-praised book Edith Hall explains the enduring fascination of Homer's epic in terms of its extraordinary susceptibility to adaptation. Not only has the story reflected a myriad of different agendas, but - from the tragedies of classical Athens to modern detective fiction, film, travelogue and opera - it has seemed perhaps uniquely fertile in generating new artistic forms. Cultural texts as diverse as Joyce’s Ulysses, Suzanne Vega's Calypso, Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, the Coen Brothers' O Brother Where Art Thou?, Daniel Vigne’s Le Retour de Martin Guerre and Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain all show that Odysseus is truly a versatile hero. His travels across the wine-dark Aegean are journeys not just into the mind of one of the most brilliantly creative of all the ancient Greek writers. They are as much a voyage beyond the boundaries of a narrative which can plausibly lay claim to being the quintessential global phenomenon.