Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

October 10, 2019 - Comment

A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives. In this dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show us how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. Modern life is constrained by limited space and time, limits that

A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives. In this dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show us how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. Modern life is constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems., What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? The authors explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one’s inbox to understanding the workings of human memory, Algorithms To Live By is full of practical takeaways to help you solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind.

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Anonymous says:

Well written This book talks about the history and evolution of algorithms from the very beginning, talking about particular problems and the different approaches scientists, mathematicians and others have adopted in trying to solve these issues. This book is clever in how it can get the reader to see a general problem and showing them how it can be broken down into different categories that a computer can solve, and how the thinking to solve that problems can solve other problems. This is a key skill to…

Anonymous says:

straight to the point and accessible for laypeople This book is a well-made translation of the algorithmic thinking used by computer scientists into plain-English. I like the author’s style of writing because it is straight to the point and accessible for laypeople. He make hard concepts easy to understand and uses a lot of examples throughout the book. Amazing piece of work!

Anonymous says:

Great book, pleasure to read This was a great book, I flew through it. It was structured, one topic explored pretty thoroughly per chapter, and more importantly they were all interesting. The writing style was easy to read and funny, detailed enough that I felt like I had a good grasp of the content without getting to technical. I’d recommend this to anyone who’s curious about computer programming, or math in general.

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