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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Views Read Edit View history. If you had asked me, the fact that they both had good novels within them, I would have said that’s improbable. Improbablehis first novel, has already been translated into five languages.

He just needs to hang in there long enough to win the pot.

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It’s all fiction, leaning to SF but a good story where probability is core to the lead characters success. During his corporate career, Fawer worked for a variety of companies including Sony Music, J. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 imptobable have a deep rooted fear of this subject matter.

But he also has all the signs that he is about to have a world-class seizure. Whatever these experiments are, the Koreans want the Alpha subject. Contributed by kenn Improbable by Adam Fawer is a great read.

The stakes go higher and higher as Caine convinces himself that his opponent is only bluffing and he ups the ante. 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. It fits in well with what he was trying to say Jasper shrugged his shoulders. So she needs another big secret, quickly. However, shadowy forces want to use his power for their own ends, and he faces a desperate battle for survival.


To most mathematicians, the downfall of Laplace’s Demon was the realization that the “sufficient information” necessary to predict the future is impossible to obtain in practice due to the sensitive dependence that is a hallmark of chaos theory. And luck is with him as he gets his ace.


Rather, it is the number for which the differences between it and the outcomes is minimized. For instance, his discussion of “minimizing error” gives the impression that the expected value is the one which occurs most often. Not so easy, faaer she is suddenly transferred to work under Forsyth and all her security is revoked. I mean, the whole point of Laplace is that if things are deterministic then all that you need is enough information and processing faer to predict the future.

Tversky is conducting some experiments on his student intern, Julia. Rainbows End Chuck Palahuniuk: He is a compulsive gambler, and heavily in debt to the local mafia. And now Nava must steal him for the Koreans — and for Forsyth. The book’s official website also has a Flash game that you can play which quizes you on and teaches you some basic probability! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Improbzble Policy.

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This is more on par with The DaVinci Code or any other thrillers that are destined for the big screen. Laplace’s famous claim that the future can be predicted precisely by anyone with sufficient ability to calculate and sufficient information. I like the scenes showing the protagonist as a math professor. But wait, his opponent seems awfully sure of himself too.


Night Watch Alan Nayes: Webarchive template wayback links. 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. A probability expert suffering from epilepsy with hints of schizophrenia is in over his head with gambling debts to the Russian mob and a beautiful, renegade CIA agent before discovering that he has the ability to predict the future.

Eventually you will find your way back to reality. The odds are too improbable that his opponent has the higher imorobable.

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.

It’s a quick, fun read. lmprobable

The delusions seem real. Though the solution of how Nava gets around this problem might be obvious, everything else about this novel is a surprise. After the procedure, he discovers that he is able to make predictions using his enhanced calculative skills, and change the future based on his discoveries. It seems that Caine, unwittingly, is the Beta subject.

This is not “hard” science fiction like Gregory Benford writes. His hand was not the sure bet that it should have been. He’s in real trouble.