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"A Beginner's Guide to Immortality" is a celebration of unusual lives and creative thinkers who punched through ordinary cultural norms while becoming successful in their own niches. In his latest and greatest work, world-renowned science writer Cliff Pickover studies such colofrul characters as Truman Capote, John Cage, Stephen Wolfram, Ray Kurzweil, and Wilhelm Rontgen, ...more
ebook, 353 pages
Published April 13th 2009 by Basic Books (first published December 6th 2006)
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Alyssa
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Pickover the way I like him, with lots of random information that I can use in my own mind environment. This book's only real flaw content-wise is that it rehashes stuff from his other books, but Pickoverians expect that. :) Sometimes he draws new connections between his favorite subjects, but sometimes he's just being a bit redundant. It also has the usual typos and half-assed editing. Clifford, if you're out there, I need a job. If you need a very chameleonic editor that can actually s ...more
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Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh. That was beautiful Clifford. It made me cry to finish it. I learned so many random little things that just fascinated me. I'm going to keep this one.
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Clifford A. Pickover is an American author, editor, and columnist in the fields of science, mathematics, and science fiction, and is employed at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York.

He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he conducted research on X-ray scattering and protein structure. Pickover graduated
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