One man holds the key to the most revolutionary and powerful technology since the invention of the atom bomb.
The press wants to interview Factor Man. The Chinese government wants to kill him. And the FBI wants to protect him.
But first, they need to find him.
William Burkett is a statistics-savvy journalist, but he isn’t qualified to judge the extraordinary claims in an anonymous email he receives from “Factor Man.” Is FM a crackpot, or has he discovered what computer scientists call “God’s algorithm?” As FM solves increasingly complex math problems in a public countdown to the day his identity will be revealed, the momentous consequences of his apparent invention draw the attention of a Chinese assassin. Will Factor Man survive until his coming-out party, or will his technology die with him?
Advance praise for Factor Man:
“Factor Man gives us a hero for our times: a tech genius with common sense and a commitment to social responsibility. An original, smart thriller that stretches your imagination and keeps you engaged to the end.”—AMY ROGERS, author of Petroplague
“Ben Stiller should play me in the movie!”—ROBERT HASDAY, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
“A fantastic job of taking us on a ride featuring engaging characters, exciting action and deep-thinking heroes and villains of a type all too rare in the genre. I greatly enjoyed this book.” —BART MASSEY, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Portland State University
“A real page-turner, thanks to the characters, plot twists and humor. Even though I’m nicer than the guy in the book, I still loved it.” —BRIAN FINN, ex-president of Credit Suisse
“A classy and clever thriller best read with your phone off and your brain on.”—MARK BLACKABY, author of You’ll Never Be Here Again
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I couldn't put down. Statistical journalist William Burkett becomes entangled with the mysterious figure Factor Man who claims to find the the the ultimate computer known as "God's Algorithm".Add in the U.S and Chinese governments who are rushing to stop Factor Man, the growing public fear and uncertainty and the four other individuals Factor Man asks for help and things get complicated. I'll admit that I'm not mathematically or technologically minded but I had little trouble following the happens of this book.Told in alternating first person with Burkett as the main narrator this book reads as a nonfiction/memoir style book.The aforementioned math and technology elements are explained in though but easy to understand detail for those that are less mathematically minded. I highly recommend this book for everyone including those who are usually drawn to Technothriller/suspense type books.This is a fully fleshed out and tightly woven story that is a joy to read.
Factor Man by Matt Ginsberg Enjoyed this book because of all the up to date knowledge of technology. Wondreed what 256 bit encryption was all about as we choose new passwords and some are lower bits then others. Lots of math and science and an all around good read. Mix that controversy with the Chinese government-retaliaiton for what they think is a US citizen shutting down their internet for 11 seconds and you have a story. So much travel as FBI agent and newspaper reporter is on the trail to linking clues and to who comitted murder. Love all the hints and clues and especially the encyption used. Well thought out in the present and future days. Learned so much about net private conversations and which agency is allowed to ask for what in solving crimes. Alternating chapters so you hear the story from multiple views. Can really see something like this happening in our lifetime. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Factor Man is a computer genius who has calculated the solution to innumerable mathematical problems with one system, the one that is called “God’s Algorithm,” the one that makes problems like artificial intelligence child’s play. It’s a simple plot, really, but one that keeps the readers flipping the pages because it’s so engaging. In the beginning, there’s a great deal of explanation in computer and mathematical jargon that might be disconcerting to some but it soon becomes as clear as possible and the reader is hooked! First, Factor Man invites various blog watchers to submit a number to which he offers a mathematical solution. That is all very amusing until the hunt begins. William Burkett, a journalist, sees the possibilities of a potential Pulitzer Prize if he can figure out who Factor Man is and whether he’s for real or a “crackpot.” Then we have two opposing sides vying to discover Factor Man’s real identity with the hope of controlling or stopping him. One is the FBI and the other is a Chinese special agent named Janet Liu. The system Factor Man has devised is one that could solve the problems of hacking into business and governmental programs, solving scientific problems such as which proteins and chemical compounds could cure cancer, and on and on. As the complexity of possibilities increases, the search for Factor Man becomes more frustrating and tense. Factor Man is a cool customer who plans carefully but at the same time acknowledges he’s no genius with “spy” behavior. Meanwhile, he is making a fortune and decides to share his information with those he thinks deserve to treat it with socially conscious programs. It’s nice to read about such altruistic motives, even though it’s in fiction. Factor Man is an unusual work of science fiction or computer fiction that is quite different from what’s on the current best seller and even unknown market. There’s a hint of reality that someday this might just be the future of computers, finance and government. Nicely done, Matt Ginsberg.