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Wonderful Advance Praise for STRANGE BRAINS AND GENIUS
"Who else but the maestro of mathematical creativity, Clifford Pickover, to curate a museum of Strange Brains and write biographies of the scientific geniuses who formerly owned them? I'll never look at a pidgeon, a pearl, or a Wheatstone bridge the same way again."
- Mark Frauenfelder, WIRED magazine
"Do geniuses tend to have strange beliefs and to exhibit bizarre behavior? Read this fascinating account of nine such men and decide what you think. Before you put the book down -- not easy to do! -- you will also learn a lot about the human brain and its major disorders. One cannot but wonder: Does Pickover, himself a genius in explaining mathematics and science in clear, entertaining ways, have any eccentricities?"
- Martin Gardner, Author of LAST RECREATIONS
"Pickover's originality has found itself the perfect topic....A compulsive account of minds just this side of the thin edge of madness -- and possibly beyond it."
- Ian Stewart, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
"Given his prolific nature and endless supply of ideas, Pickover would have been justified in adding a self-referential entry to this book. He certainly deserves to be described by the word genius, and this fascinating book is a testament to that fact."
- Charles Ashbacher, JOURNAL OF RECREATIONAL MATHEMATICS
"An extraordinary wealth of bizarre details about the life and behavior of many well-known scientists and others....Leaves one in awe of the variety and complexity of the human mind."
- Julien Clinton Sprott, Author of STRANGE ATTRACTIONS, Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Pickover presents a fascinating mix of scientists, inventors, and philosophers. Besides learning about the profound impact their works have had on our lives, we get a look at their darker sides. Most informative and entertaining."
- Theoni Pappas, Author of MATHEMATICAL SCANDALS
"Delightful descriptions of wonderfully peculiar people....Pickover is the first to bring an insider's view to such a list, and he does so with authority, but also with a light touch. It puts our Uncle Albert in context for us, too!"
- Dr. Jack Cohen, author of FIGMENTS OF REALITY
Very interesting. Does just what the title suggests and gives a good account of a more personal view of some very eccentric scientist.Published 23 months ago by sarah newton
Cliff Pickover is one of those rare beings - an absolute polymath that is simply in love with knowledge and learning. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2007 by Mr. A. A. Peake
I found Strange Brains not only interesting and incitefull, but thought proveking. When you see how the mind of a genuis works you have to ask the question; did the genuis make... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 1999
Strange Brains and Genius reviews the lives of profound people who also suffer from (or should we say, are enabled by) disorders such as OCD. Read morePublished on 4 July 1998
NEW SCIENTIST review: "Clifford Pickover in 'Strange Brains and Genius' provides more than enough evidence to show that an astounding intellect can be a passport to... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 1998