For countless generations, people of every culture have practiced a broad range of dramatic and sometimes frightening techniques to peer into the future. In this fascinating book, acclaimed author Clifford Pickover presents a nearly exhaustive list of fortune-telling techniques, from the ominous practice of human sacrifice to reading clues on the Internet. Pickover not only explores a vast and colourful array of methods of prediction - including dreaming - he also evaluates the accuracy of some of the most astonishing prophecies made throughout history. Through insight and wit, Pickover unlocks the door of your imagination with engrossing mysteries, intriguing illustrations, and even modern patents and computer techniques. Also included is a range of practical experiments and recipes - from Stone Age to New Age. Prepare yourself for a strange but captivating ride!