Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions (book)

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Today we slightly deviate from our usual programming since I stumbled upon a curious book that we could all give as a gift to our relatives that keep asking (and never understanding) what we do as computer scientists (in some form).

The book is Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

The book explains how to save time in a plenty of boring and mundane tasks by applying to real-world “problems” well-known computer science algorithms, e.g. the quickest way to match your socks would be to adapt the radix sort. In short, the book pretends to give a partial answer to the question: How can the techniques of computer science help us in everyday life?.

Visit also the book website. Btw, I learned about this book on the BBC More or Less podcast where “Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4”. Totally recommended.

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