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(7/10)

The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause

and Effect

by Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie

'Correlation does not imply causation.' This mantra was invoked  by scientists for decades in order to avoid taking positions as to  whether one thing caused another, such as smoking and cancer  and carbon dioxide and global warming. But today, that taboo is  dead. The causal revolution, sparked by world-renowned  computer scientist Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut  through a century of confusion and placed cause and effect on a  firm scientific basis. Now, Pearl and science journalist Dana  Mackenzie explain causal thinking to general readers for the  first time, showing how it allows us to explore the world that is  and the worlds that could have been. It is the essence of human  and artificial intelligence. And just as Pearl's discoveries have  enabled machines to think better, The Book of Why explains  how we can think better.

(4/10)

* This is the first book I have given two separate ratings. It is really an important  work if epidemiology is your thing, and i am sure it will contribute to other fields as  well. I am not convinced (yet) about the author’s claim of a ‘revolution’. It is also  not the most thrilling of rides. Nonetheless, you should read it. However, if you are reading this just as popular fiction....I wouldn’t bother.