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The chain of chance

Author: Stanisław Lem; Louis Iribarne
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Written in the style of a detective novel, The Chain of Chance is classic Lem: a combination of action, hard science, and philosophical investigation. An ex-astronaut is hired to look into the death of a wealthy businessman, one of several men to meet a gruesome end after visiting Naples. The authorities suspect a pattern, but neither the police nor a sophisticated computer enlisted for the investigation can crack  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanisław Lem; Louis Iribarne
ISBN: 0810117304 9780810117303
OCLC Number: 42861747
Description: 179 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Katar.
Responsibility: Stanisław Lem ; [translated from the Polish by Louis Iribarne].

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Written in the style of a detective novel, The Chain of Chance is classic Lem: a combination of action, hard science, and philosophical investigation. An ex-astronaut is hired to look into the death  Read more...

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-[Lem is] a Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age, who plays in earnest with every concept of philosophy and physics, from free will to probability theory.- --New York Times Book Review "[Lem is] a Read more...

 
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