50 books, 777 patents, and 50,000 Twitter followers
.... to increase your sense of wonder.

"Pickover contemplates realms beyond our known reality." ~New York Times

Clifford A. Pickover, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. from Yale and is fascinated by creativity, innovation, education, editing, and publishing. For many years, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the IBM Journal of Research and Development. He has been granted more than 777 U.S. patents, is an elected Fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, is author of more than 50 books, translated into dozens of languages, and has 50,000 Twitter followers. His patents are owned by a wide variety of companies, including IBM, Activision, Ebay, Google, Halliburton Energy Services, Lenovo, LinkedIn, Nuance Communications, Trend Micro, Intermec IP, WarGaming.net, the U.S. Navy, Twitter, Yahoo!, Globalfoundries, Paypal, King.com, and Toshiba Global Commerce.

Books: 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 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.

CSI Fellow: 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.

Education: 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.

1,500-Page Trilogy: Pickover 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.


  • "Pickover contemplates realms beyond our known reality." -New York Times
  • "Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art, and thought." -Los Angeles Times
  • "Pickover inspires a new generation of da Vincis to build unknown flying machines and create new Mona Lisas." -Christian Science Monitor
  • "Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." -WIRED
  • "Add two doses of Isaac Asimov, and one dose each of Martin Gardner and Carl Sagan, and you get Clifford Pickover, one of the most entertaining and thought provoking writers of our time." -Michael Shermer, Editor-in-Chief, Skeptic
  • "Pickover is van Leeuwenhoek's 20th century equivalent." -OMNI
  • "In recent years, Pickover has taken up the helm once worn by Isaac Asimov as the most compelling popular explainer of cutting-edge scientific ideas." -In Pittsburgh
  • "A perpetual idea machine, Clifford Pickover is one of the most creative, original thinkers in the world today." -Journal of Recreational Mathematics

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. Main interests: science, science fiction, technology, strange reality, futurism, innovation, mathematics, creativity, future of publishing.

Email contact: pickover at Zmail.com
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