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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IMPROBABLE by Adam Fawer | Kirkus Reviews

If you happen to click on one of links and make a purchase, we earn a commission and we always appreciate your support. Caine wakes in the hospital with his twin brother, Joshua, patiently waiting for him. During the course of the novel, Caine undergoes an experimental medical treatment in an attempt to set his life straight.

This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. This is not “hard” science fiction like Gregory Benford writes. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage. Despite all the action of which there is plenty and iprobable of it tight without a single loose endthere is a serious scientific hypothesis underneath the improbabe of the various subplots.

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.

But that would have been a gut level answer without the math. 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 improbwble inspiring Williams to write her one and only novel.


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

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. Rather, it is the number for which the differences between it and the outcomes is minimized.

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.

I’ve already complained about Fawer’s physics. Moreover, Fawer ends up with some rather strange blend of the determinism of Laplace and the popular notion of “free will”.

Eventually you will find your way back to reality. Though the solution of how Nava gets around this problem might be obvious, everything else about this novel is a surprise. 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. But his biology is perhaps even worse. Webarchive template wayback links.

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.



During his corporate career, Fawer worked for a variety of companies including Sony Music, J. It is not clear how he sometimes knows things omprobable no person knows like the order of cards in a shuffled deck if his source of information is this common human unconsciousness.

It was awarded the International Thriller Writers Award for best first novel. Buy this work of mathematical fiction and read reviews at amazon.

MathFiction: Improbable (Adam Fawer)

Both are talented authors and we the reader or lucky for their friendship. Retrieved improbabl ” https: A running subplot is the mathematical aspects of determinism i. But, once we’re supposed to believe that human decision is somehow non-deterministic, I would think the whole thing would fall apart and the ability to do anything like that would be lost. And now Nava must steal him for the Koreans — and for Impeobable. I like the scenes showing the protagonist as a math professor. So she needs another big secret, quickly.

Night Watch Alan Nayes: For instance, his discussion of “minimizing error” gives the impression that the expected value is the one which occurs most often. Tversky and then to Nava faweer which lead both to pursuing David Caine.