From a brilliant new talent comes a riveting novel of chance, fate, and numbers, and one man’s strange journey past the boundaries of the Cain. Adam Fawer (born in New York City) is an American Novelist. Improbable, his first novel, has been translated into more than five languages and won t. Read a review of Improbable by Adam Fawer at Mostly Fiction.

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It seems that Caine, unwittingly, is the Beta subject. Tversky is conducting some experiments on his student intern, Julia. Views Read Edit View history.

This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. Also of interest, is the back story behind this novel. The delusions seem real. Jasper shrugged his shoulders. And of course, as the title implies, there is a lot of talk about probability theory. I’ve already complained about Fawer’s physics. In fact, the expected value may not be a possible outcome at all. However, I’m not sure it makes sense if you think about it.

It is not clear how he sometimes knows things that no person knows like the order of cards in a shuffled deck if his source of information is this common human unconsciousness.

He just needs to hang in there long enough to win the pot. Tversky and impdobable to Nava — which lead both to pursuing David Caine.

Improbable (novel) – Wikipedia

Improbable is the story of a gifted young man named David Caine, who has been troubled by debilitating epileptic seizures to the extent that his medical condition has thrown his life completely off track. He’s in real trouble.


But wait, his opponent seems awfully sure of himself too.

If you had asked me, the fact that they both had good novels within them, I would have said that’s improbable. It fits in well with what he was trying to say Ada, it is the number for which the differences between it and the outcomes is minimized. Morgan, and most recently, About. Despite all the action of which there is plenty and all of it tight without a single loose endthere is a serious scientific hypothesis underneath the layers of the various subplots.

faweer It is an engrossing thriller with some clever ideas and quite a bit of nice mathematics thrown in as well. I like the scenes showing the protagonist as a math professor.

I also thought the idea — that someone connected to all of humanity’s unconscious thought for all time could use the information to predict the future to some high degree of certainty — was interesting and made for a fun book. Ffawer all fiction, leaning to SF but a good story where probability is core to the lead characters success.

All he needs is one more ace and he has the second highest winning poker hand. Improbablehis first novel, has already been translated into five languages. And iimprobable Nava must steal him for the Koreans — and for Forsyth.

To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to improbahle Homepage. This is more on par with The DaVinci Code or any other thrillers that are destined for the big screen.


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During the course of the novel, Caine undergoes an experimental medical treatment in an attempt to set his life straight.

Webarchive template wayback links. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. A running subplot is the mathematical aspects of determinism i. But he also has all the signs that he is about to have a world-class seizure. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Caine wakes in the hospital with his twin brother, Joshua, patiently waiting for him. Faqer Nava plans on kidnapping the student intern and getting out of the country as soon as she hands her over to the Korean RDEI. In fact, there a number of mathematic formulas and examples that are very interesting, if not outright fun, which is surprising for those of us who have a deep rooted fear of this subject matter.

This is not “hard” science fiction like Gregory Benford writes. Moreover, Fawer ends up with some rather strange blend of the determinism of Laplace and the popular notion of “free will”.

The stakes go higher and higher as Caine convinces himself that fawfr opponent is only bluffing and he ups the ante.