Book of Black Song
"Black Magic Woman"
From the Black Hole of Calcutta and
the Dark Side of the Moon to Black
Bart, Black Beauty, and Black Sabbath,
this unique journey into darkness
sheds light on the worlds of science,
history, art, and philosophy. Bestselling
author Clifford A. Pickover takes
us on an unusual and historic journey
through curious, amusing, and important
topics related to "black." Beware:
this wondrous panoply of subjects,
stunning images, and entertaining and
informative text can shift from sexy to
cosmic with just the turn of a page!
With entries short enough to read in just
a few minutes -- but pithy enough for
endless pondering -- The Book of Black
features 100 captivating black-and-white
and full-color images. The book
roams far and wide through politics,
popular culture, science, sociology,
history, sports, religion, and superstition.
A reference section offers
suggestions for further explorations of
Black Pudding, Black Velvet Paintings,
Blackbeard, "Black Magic Woman," and
other dark matters.
Join prolific polymath Clifford Pickover as he explores 100 of the most intriguing milestones in the story of black, from 3 billion B.C. and into the far future.
Welcome to The Book of Black, in which we shed light into the darkness.
In what other book can you find a discussion on the hit rock-and-roll song "Black Magic Woman"
alongside an entry on mysterious Dark Energy, which may one day tear apart galaxies and end the universe in a terrible cosmic rip?
Few books attempt to explain the Blackbody Radiation Law, which started the science of quantum mechanics,
only a page after an entry on Little Black Sambo, an adventurous boy who outwits hungry tigers in a beloved but controversial 1899 children's book.
Chronologically organized, each entry consists of a short summary and one or more stunning full-color images,
while the "Notes and Further Reading" section provides resources for more in-depth study.
The Book of Black provides a relentless smorgasbord, a hyperpizza with hundreds of different toppings. On our journey,
we'll encounter some of the quirkiest and profoundest topics under the sun. Did I say "sun"? To get in the mood,
I suggest you read this book at twilight, as darkness descends. Osho writes in Intimacy, "Clarity gives shallowness to things; vagueness gives depth and mystery. Light can never be so mysterious as darkness. Light is prose; darkness is poetry."
Clifford A. Pickover is a prolific author, having published
more than forty books, translated into over a dozen languages, on topics ranging from science
and mathematics to religion, art, and history. He received his PhD from Yale University's Department
of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, holds over 100 U.S. patents, and is an associate editor
for several scientific journals. His research has received considerable attention from media outlets ranging
from CNN and WIRED to The New York Times, and his website, www.pickover.com, has received millions of visits.
Pickover has been elected a Fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry for his "significant contributions to the general public's understanding of science, reason, and critical inquiry through scholarship, writing, and work in the media." Other Fellows have included Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov.
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