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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths Narrator: Brian Christian Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781480560352
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A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind

All our lives are 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? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades. And the solutions they've found have much to teach us.

In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. They 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 transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a wonderful book, written so that anyone can understand the computer science that runs our world―and more importantly, what it means to our lives.”

    David Eagleman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A solid, research-based book that’s applicable to real life…It’s well worth the time to find a copy of Algorithms to Live By and dig deeper.”


  • “By the end of the book, I was convinced…because computing algorithms could be a surprisingly useful way to embrace the messy compromises of real, non-Vulcan life.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “An entertaining, intelligently presented book…Craftily programmed to build from one good idea to the next…[for] not just better problem solving but also greater insight into the human mind.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “I absolutely reveled in this book… It’s the perfect antidote to the argument you often hear from young math students: ‘What’s the point? I’ll never use this in real life!’…Both potentially practical and highly enjoyable as presented here. Recommended.”

    Popular Science (UK)

  • A 2016 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Science & Technology Book Award Nominee
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About the Author
Author Brian Christian

Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us about Being Alive, which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year.