Mazes for the Mind: Computers and the Unexpected
Clifford A. Pickover, quot;Mazes for the Mind: Computers and the Unexpectedquot;
St Martins Press | 1992 | ISBN: 0312081650, 0312103530 | 426 pages | Djvu | 19 mb
A collection of games and computer graphics is divided into sections dealing with pattern, games and speculation, music, space, time, and others and offers puzzles inspired by those dating back several centuries.
From Publishers Weekly
quot;Welcome to my computer zoo,quot; writes Pickover ( Computers and the Imagination ), a salutation that at some point during his tour of more than 200 quot;mind mazesquot; begins to seem increasingly worthy of Lewis Carroll's Mad Queen or Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein. Fans of the Scientific American quot;Puzzlingquot; column will recognize this book's genre, though it gradually, almost magically changes into something more challenging and weird. Pickover clearly enjoys the extra dimensions that computing affords recreational math puzzlers; he seems to have saved up a lifetime's worth of math teasers for this explosion-in-the-algorithmsp ok -factory collection. The length, complexity and level of difficulty varies wildly within the seven categories (from quot;Patternquot; to quot;Weird Numbersquot;): some clearly require considerable knowledge and a PC to match, but just as many are more easily accessible and solvable. Enhanced by quirky design, this volume is the perfect tool with which to instill instant humility in any self-proclaimed math or computer whiz.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Pickover, a professional scientist with several earlier books to his credit, has published much material relating to computers, mathematics, and art that is not at a highly technical level. The present volume continues along the path of some of his earlier works ( Computers and the Imagination , LJ 11/1/91). It is a potpourri of mathematical brain teasers, miscellaneous factlets relating to music and mathematics, brief instructions relating to putting specific problems into a format solvable by a microcomputer, and various other short pieces too scattered in content to be readily characterized. This is not the sort of book that most readers will want to read through quickly and in exact order from beginning to end. However, Pickover provides much to reward sophisticated, selective browsers. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.
- Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
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, quot;Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both.quot; According to The Los Angeles Times, quot;Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art and thought.quot; The Christian Science Monitor writes, quot;Pickover inspires a new generation of da Vincis to build unknown flying machines and create new Mona Lisas.quot; 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.
Summary: A wild and crazy math book
This date stands at about 17 years after the book was written, and some of the stuff is just a fresh and crazy as when he wrote it.
The research, pictures, and drawings in this book is amazing.
You get a sort of through the looking glass sideways look at puzzles, mazes and just strange people and drawings
that he has dug up. I just read an A. K. Dewdney and compared it with a much later John Casti book. Comparing Dr. Pickover's work in this book to theirs,
is like the Harvard quad to Time Squareor MIT to Berkeley.
Open your mind for fun of a mathematical, graphic or computer sort
Summary: It makes you run out of superlatives
One could burn a great deal of thesaurus time searching for the right superlatives to describe this book. The third element in a series that will hopefully never end, it is an exciting combination of computer science, philosophy, and playfulness. Dr. Pickover can rightfully be labeled the quot;philosopher kingquot; of the computer world.
As was the case in previous books, the primary focus is on the computer generation of images, but in this work the author skips down other avenues of mental exploration. Computer generated mazes, fractal music, fractal ant farms (think about whether the ants or the farms or both are what is fractal), caging fleas in Hyperspace, virtual reality, and strange chess problems are just some of the items that are discussed. Short pieces describing strange forms of art creation appear at regular intervals.
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