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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For instance, his discussion of “minimizing error” gives the impression that the expected value is the one which occurs most often. Rainbows End Chuck Palahuniuk: Tversky is conducting some experiments on his student intern, Julia. 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 immprobable track.

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. Jasper shrugged his shoulders. I would hope that even a hardcore sci-fi fan would find this book rewarding, though, that is hard for me to judge.

If you had asked me, the fact that they both had good novels within them, I would have said that’s improbable. Whatever these experiments are, the Koreans want the Alpha subject.

Both of his claims regarding evolution that it is necessarily non-deterministic and that it cannot explain instinctive behavior are ridiculous. It fits in well with what he was trying to say 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.


Turns out her new assignment is worth quite a bit more. The delusions seem real. 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. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.

Adam Fawer

If you happen to click on one of links and make a purchase, we earn a commission and we always appreciate your support. This page was last edited on 28 Marchat In fact, the expected value may not be a possible outcome at all.

His hand was not the sure bet that it should have been. However, this book seems to tie it into the philosophical question of “free will” which I have put in quotes because I don’t think anyone has ever really defined what it meansa Jungian sort of common unconsciousnesss, and the foundational questions of quantum mechanics though the author’s understanding of modern physics seems to be rather superficial and overly influenced by metaphysical hype. 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 only novel.


Also of interest, is the back story behind this novel.

Adam Fawer (Author of Improbable)

Though the solution of how Nava gets around improbble problem might be obvious, everything else about this novel is a surprise. Laplace’s famous claim that the future can be predicted precisely by anyone with sufficient ability to calculate and sufficient information.

It’s a quick, fun read. The Discrete Charm of Charlie Monk.

But, this plan, too, goes afoul when the Alpha subject suddenly dies — but not before revealing future events to first Dr.

He’s in real trouble.


So Nava plans on kidnapping the student intern and getting out of the country as soon as she hands her over to the Korean RDEI. The book’s official website also has a Flash game that you can play which quizes you on and teaches you some basic probability! And of course, as the title implies, there is a lot of talk about probability theory.

A running subplot is the mathematical aspects of determinism i. This is more on par with The DaVinci Code or any other thrillers that are destined for the big screen. Improbable is a science fiction thriller novel by Adam Fawerabout a gambler who gains the power to predict the future.