Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions


by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

This a fantastic book illustrating how concepts from the field of Computer Science can be applied to everyday life to solve real-world problems. The style is engaging and the ideas can be genuinely life-changing. For example, after reading this book, you will have a scientific justification for not sorting your paper work.

Contents include:

  • Optimal Stopping: When to Stop Looking
  • Explore/Exploit: The Latest vs. the Greatest
  • Sorting: Making Order
  • Caching: Forget About It
  • Scheduling: First Things First
  • Bayes’s Rule: Predicting the Future
  • Overfitting: When to Think Less
  • Relaxation: Let It Slide
  • Randomness: When to Leave It to Chance
  • Networking: How We Connect
  • Game Theory: The Minds of Others
  • Conclusion: Computational Kindness

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