The Numbers Game
Life can surround you by thought and ideas hoping that a solution will come but in this case as Maurice relates throughout the novella, the solution is in NUMBERS. The Battle of Britain is the setting and London is in trouble as it goes up in flames and Pilot Officer Maurice Micklewhite does he care, or does he have his own solution for staying alive? Each character within is platoon or that he works with has his own perspective of the war and how it will proceed. As each flight or mission is about to happen Maurice calculates how many will live and how many will die. Due to the variable involved with flying and now excluding the experience, the weather, mechanical failure, pilot fatigue , being host at my one’s own side you can reverse ehginere4 our way to a more precise figure. Taking the 30th root of .03, you arrive at the average single sortie loss fate of 2.3 percent which spread over 25 mission’s fifty percent survival probability. If you fly enough you will read zero point where statistical probability becomes statistical certainty. Throughout the novella Maurice deals in numbers, others refuse to believe his thoughts and yet her finds himself in curious limbo at times between affect and affect, and the terror of exhaustion were real but somehow not important. He calculates that on any given day it might destroy him inevitably but within the fear lay the cold, soothing logic of numbers. He continues throughout telling his comrades and readers about the probability clock.
Thinking about all of his mission pushes the hands along but by getting pinged he believed he turned then back a way. Dealing with the odds of a horrific events, he was getting uncomfortable but now he had his little disaster but did not relieve the pressure? Thirty missions go by in a flash, when the Jerries were launching raids from dawn till dusk again. The fear must be there, but Maurice focuses on something in a roulette wheel and a game of change. Will you encounter a double serios on your first spin rather than your last? Maurice states some of these wheels have memories they know who uses up chancres and who did not. And the roulette wheel of aerial combat has the longest memory of all!
The tensions rise and the death counts rise to as many men that he works with, and officers fall prey to the bullets and grenades of the Germans. Hoping that the war will end will that save him? each time replacements came and each time they lost lives. The trainee pilots looked like children the accident rate was as bad as the fighting and combat. The emotional upheavals had to be great and the possibility that intruders pounded on them equally as great. He was defined to finish the final calculus which would determine the end of his life. Men died as in 1943 the Honorable Phillip Green caught in a nasty tailwind. The death rate rises, and the war and deaths no know ranking. No one was immune and the author describes the man’s end and demise. Maurice real a slight sense of vindication a feeling of elevated relive when just hours later he was assigned to the new school for test pilots. Everything was about numbers. Read page 25 and learn more about how he calculates and how numbe4rs have fought up with everyone else and why. When he wanted to be really noticed he sent a missive with a formulate to Churchill explaining the solution and his superior was not happy about this but on page 30 he reveals equation and the solution but hear what his superior answers.
As time passes and rain turn to snow and antiaircraft guns of very type bristling for the swinging arms of dockyard cranes and more, then January 1945 and the squadron lumber with heavy rockers and the Jerries were not experienced and the result you won’t believe. Just when he thinks it is all over he is commanded one more last mission. They had one more order and one more flight. Combat air patrol in case some disgruntled Jerry is still at it. They have no choice and Maurice pulled on his flying helmet and what you witness and how the numbers are there to help decide the outcome you will have to read for yourself. Will the books finally be balanced? Is this the way his life will end? Counting the numbers what will his fate be? Told in the voice of Maurice and the author shares the horrors of war this book deals with one man’s passion and his goal to say that to live you need to play THE NUMBERS GAME.
A well document book with research and referring to why he wrote this in the acknowledgments this is one fast read with many messages letting us know in the present the dangers that are men face in the now as they did in the past.
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