The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie
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A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence
"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality -- the study of cause and effect -- on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs The Book of Why.
Quotes and Reviews
--- Pedro Domingos, professor of computer science, University of Washington, and author of The Master Algorithm
--- Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow and Director, Microsoft Research Labs
--- Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, Inc.
--- Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow
--- American Mathematical Society
--- Jewish Journal
--- Jeff Witmer , American Mathematical Monthly
--- Science Friday
--- New York Times
Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie
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