9781560259527

The M”bius Strip

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  • ISBN13:

    9781560259527

  • ISBN10:

    1560259523

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-09
  • Publisher: Basic Books
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Summary

The road that leads from the Mobius strip a common-sense-defying continuous loop with only one side and one edge, made famous by the illustrations of M.C. Escher goes to some of the strangest spots imaginable. It takes us to where the purely intellectual enters our world: where our senses, overloaded with grocery bills, the price of gas, and what to eat for lunch, are expected to absorb really bizarre ideas. And no better guide to this weird universe exists than the brilliant thinker Clifford A. Pickover, the 21st century's answer to Buckminster Fuller. From molecules and metal sculptures to postage stamps, architectural structures, and models of the universe, The Mobius Strip gives readers a glimpse of new ways of thinking and other worlds as Pickover reaches across cultures and peers beyond our ordinary reality. Lavishly illustrated, this is an infinite fountain of wondrous forms that can be used to help explain how mathematics has permeated every field of scientific endeavor, such as the colors of a sunset or the architecture of our brains; how it helps us build supersonic aircraft and roller coasters, simulate the flow of Earth's natural resources, explore subatomic quantum realities, and depict faraway galaxies.

Author Biography

Dr. Clifford A. Pickover is the author of over thirty highly-acclaimed books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human behavior and intelligence, religion, medical mysteries, time travel, alien life, and science fiction. He is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, the associate editor for several journals, author of colorful puzzle calendars, and contributor to magazines geared to children and adults.

Pickover is a Research Staff Member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where he has received over 40 invention achievement awards. He is also the Brain-Strain columnist for Odyssey magazine and, for many years, he was the Brain-Boggler columnist for Discover magazine. Among his many patents, Pickover received U.S. Patent 5,095,302 for a 3-D computer mouse, 5,564,004 for strange computer icons, and 5,682,486 for black-hole transporter interfaces to computers.

He received his Ph.D. from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Mobius Limericks to Get You in the Moodp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Mobius Magiciansp. 1
Knots, Civilization, Autism, and the Collapse of Sidednessp. 7
A Brief History of Mobius the Manp. 25
Technology, Toys, Molecules, and Patentsp. 39
Strange Adventures in Topology and Beyondp. 61
Cosmos, Reality, Transcendencep. 111
Games, Mazes, Art, Music, and Architecturep. 145
Literature and Moviesp. 173
A Few Final Wordsp. 191
Solutionsp. 201
References and Appendixp. 211
Readings by Chapterp. 217
About the Authorp. 239
Indexp. 241
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