At the untamed frontiers of intelligence, consciousness, matter, and reality lies Rudy Rucker'sThe Mad Professor,a collection of twelve mind-bending science fiction stories that probe the outer limits of possibility. Rucker, an accomplished computer scientist and mathematician with numerous science books and novels to his credit, brings his deep and varied knowledge of the mind, mathematics, and the ever-weird and wondrous workings of the physical universe to the stories collected here. InChu and the Nantswe read of a bizarre future following a Verge Singularity, in which hyperintelligent computers have taken over the solar system.Panpsychism Provedbreaks down the boundaries between mind and matter, exploring the notion that ""every object has a mind."" AndSix Thought Experiments Concerning the Nature of Computationis an exhilarating collection of mini-stories taking us to the outrageous extremes of theoretical speculation. InThe Mad Professor,Rucker deploys the full range of his writing talent and scientific knowledge to take us on a wild romp through the known, the unknown, and the awesomely peculiar.
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June 16, 2009
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