- Paperback: 628 pages
- Publisher: American Book Publishers (November 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0833030477
- ISBN-13: 978-0833030474
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (641 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
I do, however, have one concern. I stumbled upon the book while looking up the ISBN number for Haynes' Owner Workshop Manual for Honda 2-valve Twins (1977 - 1985) -- and I got to thinking... Perhaps running across ISBN# 1 85010 359 3 in Rand's "A Million Random Digits" wasn't a coincidence -- perhaps some of the digits aren't that *random* at all. I don't mean to be an alarmist--and I certainly don't bandy about charges of plagiarism lightly--but if you will, please note this excerpt from the author's tender preface:
738 9377504 03478 47589 43 705 47309 67490 27348 57490 57443509 37405 40978 39794 "31847 57303!" 57049 325740 57403 7509347?
Now, we can't help but notice a completely different "voice" littered throughout the book. For example, in the opening of the penultimate chapter:
704478 489 705 47390 278 574409 3705 978794 9847 57303 57049 32740 574035093 473
Or the crassness in the "bedroom" scene:
473268978 971 23473 3785 [expletive] 3434987 3490809 34709 34908 40700 34087 439874 97835
And after the embarrassment (we'd all rather forget) concerning Wm. T Metzger's otherwise breathtaking "Table of 10,000 square roots: Gives square roots up to 4 digits on the basis of the square roots arranged in consecutive order 1 to 10,000 and the numbers ranging from 1 to 100,000,000" the publishing world can't afford another snafu.
It is very frustrating, let alone dangerous for my agents in the field; do not rely on this book for generating codes!
Its list of deviates is very nice for someone in my profession, however.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unique book. Can be read endlessly for help against the darkness. Random is not careless! I searched it many times and it never failed me. More! More! More!Published 5 days ago by eric rensberger
As I was on page 674, I quickly realized there was no rising action nor plot. I soon started to skim through very fast, sweating and nervous. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
What kind of trickery is this?! The cover is written in English but all the subsequent pages are written in ARABIC. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Cornelius von Kortnev
Too difficult to follow. Will wait for the movie to come out!Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
When the batteries are dead on all of my mobile computing devices and there's no outlet nearby, it would be wonderful to have a manual backup method to obtain true random sequences... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scientia est Deus
I liked it, but: I find the first person narrative to be a tad too derivative. It was missing intimacy and instead of pulling me in it quickly became cliched and opinionated with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Oscar
I found the narrative to be EXTREMELY relate-able. I still can't believe I came across my SS number and my birth date! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read about this book when reading something else about the RAND Corporation - it intrigues me and seems like it would be good for late-night reading when I can't go to sleep... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer