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Publisher's Summary

How the study of causality revolutionized science and the world
"Correlation does not imply causation". This mantra has been invoked by scientists for decades and has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, sparked by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and placed 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.
©2018 Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
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By rrwright on 05-30-18

Great book! Not a great audiobook.

This is a book about probability and graphical models. As an avid audiobook reader, it pains me to say: this is not a good audiobook. There are quite a lot of figures that are essential to understand the text (e.g. textual references to “A” and “B” in figure X.X), and many probability formulae that are read out loud in all their manifold subscript glory. This makes the text very hard to understand from the audio alone (and there was no accompanying PDF to show the figures when I bought this book!).

But this is a fantastic book! I bought the kindle version to complement the audio. I would suggest that this is essential. Even if the figures accompanied the text in a PDF, the formulae in the text still make the audio an insufficient medium to comprehend the rich ideas expressed.

I’m very glad this audiobook exists; it gives me a way to chew on many of these ideas when I can’t read a physical book. But you should definitely expect to read the textual version if you want a good understanding of this material.

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By Jonathan on 05-23-18

The accompanying pdf is missing

The book is meant to come with a pdf but it hasn't been attached. I like the book though.

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By Alban on 08-10-18

Read it today

This book will cause you to think, and think deep. The content of this book should be made available to schools for people to have access to these concepts from younger age but of course they should be adopted for early thinking in one's life.

This book talks about concepts that are hard to get in from the outset and definitely it is a book that needs to be read alongside listening; if that's what you're like but to get full access to the knowledge it consists of you definitely need to study it slowly and think about the equations and theories so that you help yourself gain access to the useful application thereof.

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By Anonymous User on 07-09-18

Amazing book

I was always intrigued by AI and searched for foundational information on how an AI can be built ? Stumbled across this book which is quite frankly tackles the fundamental building block of AI
Computing to reasoning !
We are a long way off from achieving that
Excellent book!!! Loved every bit of it may be will get a hard copy for my collection

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