CLIFFORD PICKOVER is a research staff member at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, New York. He is the holder of more than 100 patents dealing with computing technologies, and he has written some forty books on a broad range of topics, including *The Medical Book: From Witch Doctors to Robot Surgeons; The Physics Book: From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection; The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension;* *Archimedes to Hawking; **A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers, Puzzles, Madness, Religion, and the Quest for Reality; Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves: Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes, and the Quest for Transcendence; Time : A Traveler's Guide,* *Surfing Through Hyperspace : Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons, Black Holes : A Traveler's Guide, Keys to Infinity; The Science of Aliens, The Paradox of God and the Science of Omniscience;* *Calculus and Pizza: A Math Cookbook for the Hungry Mind.*

Pickover's primary interest is in finding new ways to expand creativity by melding art, science, mathematics, and other seemingly disparate areas of human endeavor. His Internet Web site, Pickover.com, has attracted millions of visitors.