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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Caine wakes in the hospital with his twin brother, Joshua, patiently waiting for him. A running subplot is the mathematical aspects of determinism i. But his biology is perhaps even worse. The only hand that can beat four aces is a royal straight flush.


Views Read Edit View history. But Nava has her own problems. Fortunately, these little annoyances to not spoil the book. Rainbows End Chuck Palahuniuk: But wait, his opponent seems awfully sure of himself too. However, shadowy forces want to use his power for their own ends, and he faces a desperate battle for survival.

I like the scenes showing the protagonist as a math professor. This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. It fits in well with what he was trying to say The delusions seem real. 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.


Morgan, and most recently, About. Adam Fawer is the person who challenged Stephanie Williams to write a novel before she died of breast cancer, thus we have Stephanie to thank for finally helping Fawer to realize his first novel of which I truly hope there are more to come and to Fawer for inspiring Williams to write her one and qdam novel. He just needs to hang in there long enough to win the pot. I mean, the whole point of Laplace is that if things are deterministic then all that you need is enough information and processing power to predict the future.

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His hand was not the sure bet that it should have been. Add in the fact that Caine is now on a new seizure medication that has a slight chance of causing schizophrenia as a side effect.

It’s a quick, fun read. 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. Both of his claims regarding evolution that it is necessarily non-deterministic and that it cannot explain instinctive behavior are ridiculous. Moreover, Fawer ends up with some rather strange blend of the determinism of Laplace and the popular notion of “free will”.

And luck is with him as he gets his ace. During the course of the novel, Caine undergoes an experimental medical treatment in an attempt to set his life straight. It’s all fiction, leaning to SF but a good story where probability is core to the lead characters success. This page was last edited on 28 Marchat I’ve already complained about Fawer’s physics. Night Watch Alan Nayes: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved from ” https: She sells top secret information to other governments but on her last deal, she inadvertently gives a bad disk to the Korean mafia and is unable to give back the cash from her offshore account.

Improbable by Adam Fawer

A major aspect of the book which has received improbabel good deal of praise is the unique cover art, which features a lenticular three-dimensional image which shifts as the book is moved in relation to the viewer.


This is not “hard” science fiction like Gregory Benford writes. The book’s official website also has a Flash game that you can play which quizes you on and teaches you some basic probability!

Jasper shrugged his shoulders. The Discrete Charm of Charlie Monk.

Buy this work of mathematical fiction and read reviews at amazon. 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. Rather, it is improbabls number for which the differences between it and the outcomes is minimized.

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Laplace’s famous claim that the future can be predicted precisely by anyone with sufficient ability to calculate and sufficient information. And now Nava must steal him for the Tawer — and for Forsyth. Though the solution of how Nava gets around this problem might be obvious, everything else about this novel is a surprise. For instance, his discussion of “minimizing error” gives the impression that the expected value is the one which occurs most often.

Read an excerpt from Improbable at the author’s website. Both are talented authors and we the reader or lucky for their friendship. However, I’m not sure it makes sense if you think about it. Turns out her new assignment is worth quite a bit more. So she needs another big secret, quickly.