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Is there a math formula for suspense?

Is there a math formula for suspense?

You spread out on a beach with the latest James Patterson thriller; you play catch-up with a Gillian Flynn chiller; you stand in line to see if Chris Pratt can outrun genetically modified dinosaurs in "Jurassic World"; you perch at the edge of a bar stool, watching the future of the Chicago Blackhawks dip and soar with each passing second. You take for granted that, in each of these scenarios, suspense is your companion — a frenemy of sorts, slippery to define, happy to unease, always dragging along three pieces of baggage: Time, promise and uncertainty. Suspense is the slow unwrapping of a birthday present, the unexplained tidbit from a news anchor before cutting to...

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