Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 50 minutes|
|Author||Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||19 April 2016|
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622 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
1 in Computer Science (Audible Books & Originals)
4 in Business Decision Making & Problem Solving
7 in Business Decision Making
4.5 out of 5
1,868 global ratings
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Well writtenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2018
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 have in fields such as applied mathematics and computer science and gets the reader thinking about problems in the right way.
16 people found this helpful
Smart with real-life relevanceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2021
I am not a computer scientist but a statistics student. Obviously very well researched. The best thing about it is its relevance to real world problems and you come away with useful knowledge to apply. There is no maths in the text but instead the rational logical format expected from computer scientists. This means that it doesn't flow easily and you have to concentrate at times to keep the thread hence the mark-down. This book raises a bigger point for me: computers are logical because they were built and coded by us so really they are just versions of us with bigger brains. Which means many of the point raised surely are just things we would have concluded by ourselves if we had the time & patience to crank the computations, right?
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straight to the point and accessible for laypeopleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2017
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!
20 people found this helpful
Great book, pleasure to readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2017
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.
16 people found this helpful
Make maths actually practical to your day to day lifeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2020
This was a great read, it made me grab my pen several times to jot down stuff that I wanted to look into further later on. There are several interesting topics discussed throughout the book including Bayes Theorem, Game Theory and Optimal Stopping problems. All topics I briefly had touched upon at school but long had forgotten, I really wish I had the authors as my teachers because they truly do engross you with their real-world practical examples! That and their humourous storytelling makes this something I really would recommend.
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