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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 (who holds degrees in computer science, philosophy, and poetry, and works at the intersection of all three) and Tom Griffiths (a UC Berkeley professor of cognitive science and psychology) 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.

    ©2016 Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Der Sprecher ist zum Einschlafen

    Nach einer Stunde hören, kann ich es mir nicht mehr anhören 10€ hin oder her. Der Sprecher liest so langweilig und monoton, es geht nicht mehr.

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    A must read for both CS and non-CS people alike

    I never thought I would enjoy an algorithms book as much as I enjoyed this one. It has a unique perspective combining history, real world problems, and deeply technical topics in a fun, simple English format.

    If you studied computer science, it will give you the history and the why of many of the things you studied as well as expand your knowledge to other areas you might have heard of but never worked on.

    If you didn't study computer science, it will help you a lot to understand computational thinking, why things the way they are, and surprise surprise, you will learn about the limitations of computers and the trade offs software developers have to make to reach a working solution.

    In all cases, you will learn how to use computational thinking to make decisions in life, and some of these will be your algorithms to live by.

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    Empfehlenswert

    Eine gelungene Mischung aus Informatik Theorie und Anwendung in anderen Bereichen. Kurzweiliges Lernen macht Spaß.

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    Well known problems explained for dummies

    Would not recommend this book to software developers or mathematicians. nothing new to see here.

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    Speaker is gruwesome! Bored, agitated, unfocused.

    How can you let such a person read?! I could not listen longer than 10 minutes, becasue the speakers voice is bored, agitated, distracted, like a schoolboy reading a boring text he does not understand what it is about. Awful!

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    Phenomenal

    This book is both useful and interesting with a great narrator. It explains problems like optimal stopping or incident coalescence and applies them to real life (eg. when to buy a house or how to manage interruptions)

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    Both hard and easy to listen to

    All chapters are highly fascinating. Though some are easy to understand, other chapters I found myself skipping back a couple of minutes because shifting away one's attention for even just a couple of seconds can result in you losing track.
    this by no means is a sign of this book being bad - it's the contrary. this book is both parts entertaining and informative while challenging you to keep paying close attention in order to profit from the gained knowledge as much as possible.
    The one thing I liked most is the chapter's interconnectivity. the narrator keeps reminding you about what "we" learned in past chapters and how this applies to the following topic. in other words this partly takes the burden of remembering every single chapter from start to finish from you (which is nice).

    I'd recommend this book to everyone who is particularly interested in certain aspects of human behavior and/or computer science especially to improve and refresh one's knowledge base on one or both fields.

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    So many good ideas

    Really enjoyed this book. Wish they'd got a professional actor to read it but audio quality is all clear and well produced. Have bought the print version as well but will probably also listen again.

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    shows a different view

    I didn't like the beginning chapters, but it got really good in the end. Really interesting to look at everyday things from computer science perspective.

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    Wonderfully humanistic

    A wonderfully humanistic view from the perspective of Computer Science onto living one's life and being kind with many practical instructions on how to solve daily problems.