*Cobalt Bomb Cluster*. The easiest Doomsday Machine to construct is the cobalt bomb cluster. Each cobalt bomb is an ordinary atomic bomb encased in a jacket of cobalt. When a cobalt bomb explodes, it spreads a huge amount of radiation. If enough of these bombs were exploded, life on Earth would perish.*Wobble Bombs*. In this recipe for Doomsday, large hydrogen bombs are placed at strategic locations on Earth and exploded simultaneously. As a result, the Earth may wobble on its axis. If placed at major fault lines, the bombs could trigger a worldwide series of killer earthquakes.*Asteroid Bomb*. This Doomsday device was actually suggested by Dandrige Cole, a speculator for the General Electric Corporation. He postulated it is possible to capture one of the larger asteroids and send it crashing to Earth by exploding nuclear bombs at specific locations on the surface of the asteroid.-
*Botulis Bombs.*Biological Doomsday Machines refer to biological weapons utilizing bacteria, viruses, or various biological toxins. For example, a few pounds of poison produced by the botulis bacteria is sufficient to kill all human life.

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"Some say the world will end in fire. Some say in ice..."
* - Robert Frost

Many believe that the Earth is like an inmate waiting on Death Row. Even if we do not die by a comet or asteroid impact, we know the Earth's days are numbered. The Earth's rotation is slowing down. Far in the future, day lengths will be equivalent to 50 of our present days. The Moon will hang in the same place in the sky, and the lunar tides will stop.

In five billion years, the fuel in our Sun will be exhausted, and the Sun will begin to die and expand, becoming a red giant. At some point, our oceans will boil away. No one on Earth will be alive to see a red glow filling most of the sky. As Freeman Dyson once said, "No matter how deep we burrow into the Earth... we can only postpone by a few million years our miserable end."

Where will humans be, five billion years from now, at the End of the World?

Even if we could somehow withstand the incredible heat of the sun, we would not survive. In about seven billion years, the Sun's outer "atmosphere" will engulf the Earth. Due to atmospheric friction, the Earth will spiral into the sun and incinerate.

Here is our future:

Sun expands to engulf the Earth 7 billion years Stars cease to form. All large stars 1 trillion years have become neutron stars or black holes. Longest-lived stars use up all fuel 100 trillion years

*"And when he opened the seventh seal, there was silence
in heaven about the space of half an hour."* - Book of Revelations
(8:1)

I conclude on an upbeat note from theoretical physicist Freeman J. Dyson:

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"Goedel proved that the world of pure mathematics is inexhaustible; no
finite set of axioms and rules of inference can ever encompass the whole
of mathematics; given any finite set of axioms, we can find meaningful
mathematical questions which the axioms leave unanswered. I hope that
an analogous situation exists in the physical world. If my view of the
future is correct, it means that the world of physics and astronomy is
also inexhaustible; no matter how far we go into the future, there will
always be new things happening, new information coming in, new worlds to
explore, a constantly expanding domain of life, consciousness, and
memory."*

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**The Loom of God bridges the gulf that has so long
divided mathematics and religion. In a blend of science, science fiction,
history, and dazzling computer imagery, I help the reader understand mystical
relationships between numbers, God, and the mathematical fabric of our
universe. From the mysterious cult of Pythagoras, to the awesome mechanics
of Stonehenge, to the fearsome gargoyles and glorious fractals created
on the computer screens of today, I explain the power of numbers and their
connection with the search for the ultimate meaning and Apocalypse of the
universe.**

- "As far as I know, Clifford Pickover is the first mathematician
to write a book about areas where math and theology overlap. Are there
mathematical proofs of God? Who are the great mathematicians who believed
in a deity? Does numerology lead anywhere when applied to sacred literature?
Pickover covers these and many other off-trail topics with his usual verve,
humor, and clarity. And along the way the reader will learn a great deal
of serious mathematics." - Martin Gardner

"Pickover's lively, provocative travel guide takes readers into the fascinating realm of mystic math, from perfectly strange numbers to fractured geometries and other curious nooks and crannies of ancient worlds and modern times." - Ivars Peterson, Science News, Author of "The Mathematical Tourist: Snapshots of Modern Mathematics"

"Chock-full of mathematical treats, The Loom of God takes you on a trip which explores ideas in a totally non-threatening, enjoyable format. Entertaining and informative adventure of Pickover's fictional characters -- Theano and Mr. Plex -- bring to life such things as: the golden mean, spirals in hyperspace, the Inca quipus, string theory, the wild and diverse world of numbers. A must for the I-hate-math person as well as the mathematical explorer." - Theoni Pappas, author of The Joy of Mathematics

"Pickover has done it again, with a marvelously entertaining, historical romp through the unexpected connections between mathematics and mysticism." - Paul Hoffman, President/Editer-in-Chief, Discover magazine

"Without peer as an idea machine, Cliff Pickover proves equally adept at writing, The Loom of God is a well-crafted piece of mathematical science fiction." - Charles Aschbacher, Book Review Editor, Journal of Recreational Mathematics

"If you ever doubted that science and religion have commonality, this is the book for you. In The Loom of God, Cliff Pickover, in his irrepressible style, frolics through a forest of mathematical curiosities and historical tidbits, all skillfully woven into a futuristic fantasy, leaving you to wonder where he learned all that." - Julien C. Sprott, Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Here is the book's Table of Contents:

1 Are Numbers Gods?

2 The End of The World

3 Pentagonal Numbers

4 Doomsday: Friday 13, November, A.D. 2026

5 666,666, Gnomons, and Oblong Numbers

6 St. Augustine Numbers

7 Perfection

8 Turks and Christians

9 The Ars Magna of Ramon Lull

10 Death Stars, a Prelude to August 21, 2126

11 Stonehenge

12 Urantia and 5,342,482,337,666

13 Fractals and God

14 Behold the Fractal Quipu

15 The Eye of God

16 Number Caves

17 Numerical Gargoyles

18 Astronomical Computers in Canchal de Mahoma

19 Kabala

20 Mathematical Proofs of God's Existence

21 Eschaton Now

22 Epilogue

Postscript 1. Goedel's Mathematical Proof of God's Existence

Postscript 2. Mathematicians Who Were Religious

Postscript 3. Author's Musings

Smorgasbord for Computer Junkies

Notes

References

About the Author

Topics covered in the

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