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Alum Publishes Book on Computer Science and Everyday Decision Making

Submitted by Brian Reed on April 19, 2016 - 2:52pm

Brian Christian (MFA 2008) has just published his second book, Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, with Henry Holt.


Written with his longtime friend and collaborator, UC Berkeley cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths, the book uses computer science as a way to rethink and better understand the kinds of decisions all of us make in everyday life, be they personal decisions—choosing our spouses, emptying our closets—or societal ones—rethinking urban parking, modernizing clinical trials.


Christian's previous book The Most Human Human, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, New York Times editors’ choice, and a New Yorker favorite book of the year. His writing has appeared in such venues as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The Paris Review, as well as in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science. He currently lives in San Francisco.


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