Goodreads Book Blurb:
Do you want to overthink and complicate every single decision in your life? Then read this book!
In all honesty, I think I went into Algorithms to Live By with the wrong mentality. I was expecting more of a self-help book, not a literal explanation of algorithms used to make decisions. You’ve really got to love either maths or computer science (preferably both!) to enjoy this book. I can appreciate this book and the effort behind it but I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it.
Besides this, prepare yourself for the most random popular culture references possible. One chapter somehow found its way from an X-Files vampire distracted by sunflower seeds to a Mitch Hedberg casino joke. They’re varied and seemingly random and sometimes it feels like you can’t make it through a paragraph without at least one wacky reference. I’m not sure if this was an attempt to make the material more relatable or if the authors really are just incredibly eccentric. Either way, I found it to be jarring at times to jump from a mathematical proof to a seemingly random reference, which often felt it was barely related.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in maths, computers, or in working out how the brain makes decisions (or should make decisions in an ideal world). I do think it would have been more enjoyable if I had gone into it with a better idea of the book’s purpose. As it is, it just didn’t work for me.
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