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From the Black Hole of Calcutta and the Dark Side of the Moon to Black Bart, Black Beauty, and Black Sabbath, this unique journey into darkness sheds light on the worlds of science, history, art, and philosophy. Bestselling author Clifford A. Pickover takes us on an unusual and historic journey through curious, amusing, and important topics related to "black." Beware: this wondrous panoply of subjects, stunning images, and entertaining and informative text can shift from sexy to cosmic with just the turn of a page!
With entries short enough to read in just a few minutes—but pithy enough for endless pondering—The Book of Black features 100 captivating black-and-white and full-color images. The book roams far and wide through politics, popular culture, science, sociology, history, sports, religion, and superstition. A reference section offers suggestions for further explorations of Black Pudding, Black Velvet Paintings, Blackbeard, "Black Magic Woman," and other dark matters.
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The author of more than forty books that have been translated into over a dozen languages, Clifford A. Pickover has explored topics ranging from science and mathematics to religion, art, and history. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been awarded more than 100 U.S. patents. His research has received considerable attention from media outlets ranging from WIRED to The New York Times, and his website, www.pickover.com, has received millions of visits.
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Praise for Clifford A. Pickover
"A perpetual idea machine, Clifford Pickover is one of the most creative, original thinkers in the world today."—Journal of Recreational Mathematics
"I can't imagine anybody whose mind won't be stretched by [Pickover's] books."—Arthur C. Clarke
Clifford A. Pickover is a prolific and award-winning author, having published more than forty books, translated into numerous languages, on topics ranging from science and mathematics to religion, art, and history. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been granted more than 100 U.S. patents. His work has received considerable attention from media outlets ranging from WIRED to The New York Times, and his website, www.pickover.com, has received millions of visits.
Lots of interesting factoids about many things having something to do with the color black. In some cases, an item kind of stretches a relationship to black, but they are all... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hrodebert
This is a totally fabulously lovely coffee table book of trivia and lovely photographs all based on the color black. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David's Wife
Stunning. And Pickover is my favorite author. His continuous ability to see the connectedness of so many things is genius. Genius with a sense of humor.Published 16 months ago by Kartar Diamond
I was given a copy of this to review. At first I was expecting more of a coffee table style photography book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by LisaD0115
This book is AMAZING! Every topic you can think of in black is covered. Absolutely recommended for the life-long learner! Read morePublished 23 months ago by CO book lover!
Clifford Pickover's THE BOOK OF BLACK is a fascinating concept well-realized. Pickover's book, a 2013 Calla Editions release, is a "relentless smorgasbord (of black)... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mike O'Connor
Pickover and his pages on all items such as cosmology, medicine, math, are all good, as so is Black. It's what used to be classified as coffee table books, and they are all good. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by spudboy100
How did BLACK METAL -- with it's associated evilness, nihilism, violence, misanthropic views, screamed & shrieked vocals, and preoccupation with death and dark topics and imagery... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Brian A. Hickam