Michael Crichton meets A Beautiful Mind in this thinking man's thriller based on probability theory and quantum physics. David Caine's life is spinning out of control. A compulsive gambler who can't work because he's plagued by epileptic seizures, Ca Michael Crichton meets A Beautiful Mind in this thinking man's thriller based on probability theory and quantum physics. David Caine's life is spinning out of control. A compulsive gambler who can't work because he's plagued by epileptic seizures, Caine's dropped out of normal society, opting instead to spend his nights trolling Manhattan's underground poker clubs. A mathematical genius, Caine wins more than he loses - that is, until one night when he makes a miscalculation that costs him money he doesn't have - right before experiencing his most powerful seizure ever. So he agrees to try an experimental drug to control the seizures. Shortly after he takes the yellow pill, he finds himself at a diner with friends where he envisions a truck coming through the window and killing them all. Confused and disbelieving, he nonetheless gets his friends out of harms way in the nick of time. From that moment his life is changed. Unsure whether he has gained the gift of second sight or is merely losing his mind, Caine embarks on a journey that stretches beyond the realm of what he has always thought of as possible into world that can only be described as...IMPROBABLE.

Caine gradually discovers the extent of his astonishing ability - the ability to foresee the consequences of his actions and the probability of various outcomes - as well as its limitations. Others discover it, too, and want it to use it for their own ends. Now, with the help of a rogue female CIA agent, Caine fights for his own survival--and his sanity. Delving into historical and modern theories of mathematics, probability theory, quantum physics and psychology, IMPROBABLE is a fast-paced thriller that not only pulls the reader through the story but also gives him something to think about once he's through. As David Baldacci, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Dan Brown, Neal Stephenson, and others.- ...Continua

Caine gradually discovers the extent of his astonishing ability - the ability to foresee the consequences of his actions and the probability of various outcomes - as well as its limitations. Others discover it, too, and want it to use it for their own ends. Now, with the help of a rogue female CIA agent, Caine fights for his own survival--and his sanity. Delving into historical and modern theories of mathematics, probability theory, quantum physics and psychology, IMPROBABLE is a fast-paced thriller that not only pulls the reader through the story but also gives him something to think about once he's through. As David Baldacci, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Dan Brown, Neal Stephenson, and others.- ...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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