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Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding…

Surfing Through Hyperspace: Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy…

by Clifford A. Pickover

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I guess I feel like Clifford Pickover is the Stephen King of popular science. His books are numerous and when I see one, I think "oh, that looks great," but inevitably wind up feeling as though the books would individually be better if there weren't so dang many of them! They tend to have a thrown-together, slightly chintzy, not-quite-fully-edited feel to them. There is typically stuff in a Pickover book I'm glad to have encountered, but in sum they feel somewhat dashed off, and this one is no exception.

I also am not sure I like theological speculation in my science. ( )
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Clifford Pickover is IBM's Renaissance-guy-in-residence. His job is to play with cool ideas--time travel (Time: A Traveler's Guide), extraterrestrials (The Science of Aliens), and the line between genius and crackpot (Strange Brains and Genius). His latest game is an oldie but goodie: trying to imagine the fourth dimension.

Like a number of his other books, Surfing is structured as a fiction, in this case an X-Files romance--Pickover clearly has a deep and personal appreciation for Scully (whom he calls "Sally," presumably on advice of counsel). You, dear reader, are the FBI's chief investigator of four-dimensional phenomena. As you and your cohorts chase bizarre manifestations from "upsilon" (4-D up) and "delta" (4-D down), Pickover provides explanations, paradoxes, and problems, with many helpful drawings and computer-generated illustrations.

Pickover's book, like every work on higher dimensions, is something of a sequel to Edwin Abbott's classic story, Flatland. Like Abbott, Pickover doesn't just look at the mathematics: "I want to know if humankind's Gods could exist in the fourth dimension." Not for the theologically squeamish, this book is lively, provocative, outrageous, and fascinating. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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"In the tradition of Flatland, and with an infectious enthusiasm, Clifford Pickover tackles the problems inherent in our 3-D brains trying to visualize a 4-D world, muses on the religious implications of the existence of higher-dimensional consciousness, and urges all curious readers to venture into "the unexplored territory lying beyond the prison of the obvious." Pickover alternates sections that explain the mathematics and science of hyperspace with sections that dramatize mind-expanding concepts through a fictional dialogue between two futuristic FBI agents who dabble in the fourth dimension as a matter of national security. This highly accessible and entertaining approach turns an intimidating subject into a scientific game open to all dreamers."--BOOK JACKET. "Surfing Through Hyperspace concludes with a number of puzzles, computer experiments, and formulas for further exploration, inviting readers to extend their minds across this inexhaustibly intriguing scientific terrain."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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