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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.

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

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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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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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Disappointing

Couldn't get past 3rd chapter. Computer scientists trying to apply some algorithms to everyday life, but completely omitting key variables which must influence our decisions.

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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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Great for anyone interested in computer science

I can warmly recommend it for anyone interested in computer science and/or statistics.

Topics of everyday life are viewed and discussed from an algorithmic perspective, always trying to be most efficient while keeping in mind restrictions and model assumptions.

It adds a very nice flavor that Brian Christian himself narrates the book. I definetely liked his voice and style of reading.

Overall I would definetely recommend this book.

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Such a soothing voice :)

I fell asleep to this book more often than I care to admit.
Great book and excellent performance though.

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Very interesting book

Easy enough to understand and very perspective shifting. I never once got board and lamented the times where I had to pause and eagerly awaited continuing.

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CS Background is reasonable but interesting overal

Liked it to get interesting insights into Mathematics, Computer Science and Psychology. If you like these three fields it's definitely a nice audio book for you.

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the mind of a computer scientist

When you train to become a computer scientist you learn a lot of basics, in this book you get reminded of them. But the great thing is, you also learn how these technical skills can be applied in the real world.
If you want to understand how people with a technical background think and make decisions this is a good chance to do so, and you may learn how to improve your own decision-making.

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Food for thought

I learned game changing ideas for my work and life throughout. Packed with ideas, clearly explained and given context.

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