She applied the Page 69 Test to her latest novel, HEAR, and reported the following:
I think page 69 is a perfect micro-read of HEAR. It starts with Brian Black, a distinguished professor of engineering and the great uncle of our heroine, Kass, telling his young charges: “Einstein got it wrong. Even geniuses get things wrong. Remember that.”Visit Robin Epstein's website.
Brian explains that Einstein believed the universe was deterministic and that things don’t happen randomly or in ways that can’t be explained. But most physicists, and eventually Einstein himself, came to accept Niels Bohr’s theories that there is, in fact, plenty of mystery to our universe.
Since HEAR is a novel in which the characters grapple with extrasensory perception, a subject that many people refuse to believe as real, I’d like to think that page 69 is a reminder and a wake-up call. Just because we don’t believe or understand something doesn’t mean it can’t exist.