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. Improbable by Adam Fawer – book cover, description, publication history. 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.

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In fact, the expected value may not be a possible outcome at all. It seems that the government also has an interest in Dr.

Read an excerpt from Improbable at the author’s website. The odds are too improbable that his opponent has the higher hand. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The only hand that can beat four aces is a royal straight flush.

Webarchive improbagle wayback links. And now Nava must steal him for the Koreans — and for Forsyth. I like the scenes showing the protagonist as a math professor.

Tversky is conducting some experiments on his student intern, Julia.

So Nava plans on kidnapping the student intern and getting out of the country as soon as imporbable hands her over to the Korean RDEI. It seems that Caine, unwittingly, is the Beta subject. 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. For instance, his discussion of “minimizing error” gives the impression that the expected value is the one which occurs most often.


It’s a quick, fun read. He’s in real trouble. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I’ve already complained about Fawer’s physics. During the course of the novel, Caine undergoes an experimental medical treatment in an attempt to set his life straight.

It is impgobable engrossing thriller with some clever ideas and quite a bit of nice mathematics thrown in as well. Factoring Humanity by Robert J.

MathFiction: Improbable (Adam Fawer)

But his biology is perhaps even worse. Tversky and then to Nava — which lead both to pursuing David Caine.

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. During his corporate career, Fawer worked for a variety of companies including Sony Music, J. 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.

Fawer lives in New York with his partner, Meredith, and far too many pet fish. Retrieved from ” https: I would hope that even a hardcore sci-fi fan would find this book rewarding, though, that is hard for me to judge.


Fortunately, these little annoyances to not spoil the book. His hand was not the sure bet that it should have been. If you happen to click on one of links and make a purchase, we earn a commission and we always appreciate your support.

Whatever these experiments are, the Koreans want the Alpha subject. Contributed by kenn Improbable by Adam Fawer is a great read. But that would have been a gut level answer without the math.

Book Review: Improbable

Views Read Edit View history. It fits in well with what he was trying to say To most mathematicians, the downfall of Laplace’s Improbbale 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.

This is not “hard” science fiction like Gregory Benford writes.

This page was last edited on 28 Marchat Well now, Joshua is home again and seemingly all right, if you discount that he tends to rhyme the last word of sentences, aadam odd tick apparently expressed by schizophrenics. Rather, it is the number for which the differences between it and the outcomes is minimized. Jasper shrugged his shoulders.