A brilliant new talent bursts on to the thriller scene with a dazzling work of spellbinding fiction, a riveting story of chance, fate, and numbers, and one man's strange journey past the boundaries of the possible into the chilling realm of the ...Im A brilliant new talent bursts on to the thriller scene with a dazzling work of spellbinding fiction, a riveting story of chance, fate, and numbers, and one man's strange journey past the boundaries of the possible into the chilling realm of the ...Improbable After nightfall, David Caine inhabits a world of risk, obsession, rich rewards, and sudden, destructive downfalls. A compulsive gambler possessing a brilliant mathematical mind -- and an uncanny ability to calculate odds in the blink of an eye -- he prowls the underground poker clubs of Manhattan, winning more than he loses. But Caine is a man prone to crippling epileptic incidents -- and one night he makes a costly miscalculation, suffering the most intense seizure he has ever experienced. And his life spins madly out of control. Desperate to regain his equilibrium, he agrees to test an experimental drug with unnerving side effects. Suddenly he is having visions of the past, present, and future; either peering through a window into an alternate reality or teetering on the precipice of a psychotic breakdown. Chemistry and destiny have colluded to grant David Caine the astonishing ability to foresee the consequences of his actions and the probability of various outcomes, both good andterrible. But with his "gift" comes grave danger, for he is not the only one who knows his secret. Frightening powers operating from the shadows now want him for their own, forcing Caine to seek help from a most improbable ally -- a beautiful rogue CIA agent skilled in the death arts -- on a desperate race for survival with his sanity hanging by the slenderest of threads. A riveting amalgam of explosive action, ingenious twists and turns, dynamic characters, breathtaking writing, and brilliant extrapolation, Adam Fawer's extraordinary debut, Improbable, is the novel of the year. ...Continua

Improbable

Ha scritto il 13/12/08

I was triggered to read this book by a fellow statistician, who was enthusiastic about this novel dealing with statistics and probability.Well, I found nothing about statistics, and the few pages about actual probability theory - i.e. how you calcula

I was triggered to read this book by a fellow statistician, who was enthusiastic about this novel dealing with statistics and probability.

Well, I found nothing about statistics, and the few pages about actual probability theory - i.e. how you calculate probability - are incorrect. Apart from that, I really liked the book, how all the characters and the events are intertwined with each other, surprinsingly... or maybe not.

Ha scritto il Dec 13, 2008, 11:01

If you flip a coin, two possible futures exist: one in which the coin is heads, another in which it's tails.

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Ha scritto il Dec 09, 2008, 12:32

"What are the odds that you and I have the same birthday?"

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"It's 1 divided by 365."

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"It's 1 divided by 365."

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Ha scritto il Dec 09, 2008, 12:30

Assuming some had the two spades, the probability that one of the next two cards would be a spade was 36 percent. [...] the odds that someone had been dealt two spades in the first place were only 6 percent per player.[...] the odds of getting dealtAssuming some had the two spades, the probability that one of the next two cards would be a spade was 36 percent. [...] the odds that someone had been dealt two spades in the first place were only 6 percent per player.

[...] the odds of getting dealt two spades and having another appear on the board [...] only 2.1 percent....Continua

[...] the odds of getting dealt two spades and having another appear on the board [...] only 2.1 percent....Continua

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