Sex, Drugs, Einstein & Elves [NOOK Book]

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This book journeys from one far-flung topic to another to test the reader’s curiosity and powers of lateral thinking. Robert Pirsig wrote in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, “It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow.” This also applies to the joy that writers experience when letting their minds drift and when wondering about humanity’s place in the universe. To this end, Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves is a collection of personal essays on topics the ...
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Overview

This book journeys from one far-flung topic to another to test the reader’s curiosity and powers of lateral thinking. Robert Pirsig wrote in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, “It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow.” This also applies to the joy that writers experience when letting their minds drift and when wondering about humanity’s place in the universe. To this end, Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves is a collection of personal essays on topics the author contemplated after a Mediterranean journey. Subjects include fugu sushi, zombies, French writer Marcel Proust (not to mention cartoon guides to Proust), parallel universes, DMT-induced realities, hallucinogenic worms, Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, Thomas Jefferson’s decimated Bible, religious states, uncommon psychiatric disorders, drug-induced visions, Lucia Joyce, Warner Sallman’s Head of Christ, Albert Einstein, shamanist Terence McKenna, Burning Man, the business of book publishing (including famous rejected books), quantum theory, and the humming toadfish, whose incessant underwater droning at a perfect A-flat was a mystery for years. Complete with illustrations, Pickover's book entertains, informs, and invites his readers—old and new—to test their powers of lateral thinking and to see the world in a fresh way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984363537
  • Publisher: Smart Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: New edition
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 906,032
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over thirty highly-acclaimed books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, astronomy, human behavior and intelligence, higher dimensions, religion, time travel, alien life, and science fiction. Pickover is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, the associate editor and contributor to several journals, the author of colorful puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Great Book

    Very provokative content the whole way through keeps the reader interested...many interesting tidbits of information. I didn't know anything about DMT, parallel universes, or elves before I started reading this book, and I didn't expect to read about these things, but I thouroughly enjoyed doing so. And even if you don't like the book you will have fun looking at the fractal pictures at the beginning of each chapter.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    eh...not so good, but not terrible either

    WAY too much going on! Disappointing, and would have been utterly horrible if all that going ons weren't so darn interesting in them selves. Truly this book is good for finding out material on things in which you probably don't know exist. But in order to get any real depth on that material you'll need to get a hold of that other material as this book is rather shallow on the topics it presents. In conclusion this is a good guide of recommendations!

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