YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Yorktown’s Clifford Alan Pickover.
Pickover, who is employed at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, turns 57 on Friday.
Pickover, an author, editor and columnist in the fields of science, mathematics and science fiction, was born Aug. 15, 1957. Pickover's primary interest is in finding new ways to expand creativity by melding art, science, mathematics and other seemingly disparate areas of human endeavor. In "The Math Book" and his companion book "The Physics Book," Pickover explains that both mathematics and physics "cultivate a perpetual state of wonder about the limits of thoughts, the workings of the universe and our place in the vast space-time landscape that we call home." Pickover is an inventor with over 170 patents, the author of puzzle calendars and a puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults. His "Neoreality" and "Heaven Virus" science fiction series explores the fabric of reality and religion.
Pickover is author of hundreds of technical papers in diverse fields, ranging from the creative visualizations of fossil seashells, genetic sequences, cardiac and speech sounds, and virtual caverns and lava lamps, to fractal and mathematically based studies. Pickover has also written extensively on the reported experiences of people on the psychotropic compound DMT. On Nov. 4, 2006, he began Wikidumper.org, a popular blog featuring articles being considered for deletion by Wikipedia.