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The Science Book: From Darwin to Dark Energy, 250 Milestones in the History of Science (Union Square & Co. Milestones) by [Clifford A. Pickover]

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Clifford Pickover has published more than 50 books, translated into a dozen languages. He received his PhD from Yale University, has been granted more than 450 US patents, and been elected a Fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Pickover’s The Math Book won the Neumann Prize, awarded every two years for the best book in the history of mathematics aimed at a broad audience. He lives in Yorktown Heights, NY. Follow him on Twitter @pickover. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07C2M742Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Union Square & Co.; Illustrated edition (January 15, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 15, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 89051 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 824 pages
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Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over 30 books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, religion, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, and science fiction.

Pickover is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, is the associate editor for several journals, the author of colorful puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults.

WIRED magazine writes, "Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." According to The Los Angeles Times, "Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art and thought."

The Christian Science Monitor writes, "Pickover inspires a new generation of da Vincis to build unknown flying machines and create new Mona Lisas." Pickover's computer graphics have been featured on the cover of many popular magazines and on TV shows.

His web site, Pickover.Com, has received millions of visits. His Blog RealityCarnival.Com is one of his most popular sites.

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As the dust jacket of the Science Book says, Clifford Pickover is a prolific author having published more than fifty books. Also, it does not come as a surprise to me that as an inventor, he has received more than five hundred United States patents. I was reminded of his innovation a few months ago when I saw media reports of an invention for using the blockchain system, which forms the foundation of Bitcoin, to manage the security of drone fleets. I was motivated by these reports to go to the original document. Sure enough, Pickover is an inventor of the blockchain drone.

Cliff Pickover's Science Book is the thirteenth in the series of Sterling milestones books. Of the previous books, there are three by Pickover: [[ASIN:B0751K4FB8 The Math Book]], [[ASIN:1402778619 The Physics Book]], and [[ASIN:1402785852 The Medical Book]]. Others in the series include, The Engineering Book, The Space Book, and The Biology Book. For The Science Book, Pickover has selected the best of the milestones of the twelve books.

Each book consists of 250 milestones. For each milestone, there is a page of explanation facing a full-page image, which illustrates the milestone. The images have included photos, works of art, computer drawn graphics, and even diagrams taken from U.S. patents. My favorite images in the Science Book are those which include cute animals: the wolf/dog-to-be represents the domestication of animals; a muskrat stands in for Brownian motion because models for muskrat diffusion are said to follow the same rules; and there is, of course, Schrodinger’s Cat.

I note that the first 125 milestones, starting in 18,000 BC, take us to 1890, a span of around 20,000 years. The next 125 milestones occur in the next 127 years. Clearly, the pace of science is accelerating. What I wonder about is how can you pick the most important 250 milestones out of the 3000 of the first twelve books. I suppose that you have to have the insight and genius of a Pickover to do it. I think that he has pulled it off.
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