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Algorithms to Live By

Brian Christian

Algorithms to Live By

by Brian Christian

Algorithms to Live By

Brian Christian

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Algorithms to Live By explains how computer algorithms work, why their relevancy isn't limited to the digital world and how you can make better decisions by strategically using the right algorithm at the right time.

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Algorithms to Live By

by Brian Christian

Algorithms to Live By

Brian Christian

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In Algorithms to Live By, renowned author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths merge computer science with everyday life. It makes it a great introductory read for those who might struggle with the ever-changing world of tech. Even if you're very experienced in computer science, you might discover some enlightening tips on how to improve your day-to-day.

An algorithm is really nothing more than a recipe: a series of steps you can follow to solve a specific problem, that can be re-run as often as you like and will always provide a solution. Our brains use them all the time – to approximate incomplete information or focus on the essential facts at hand, thus allowing us to make a decision without being paralyzed by indecision.

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"To try and fail is at least to learn; to fail to try is to suffer the inestimable loss of what might have been."

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