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Vijayant Singh

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  • What Algorithms Want

  • Imagination in the Age of Computing
  • By: Ed Finn
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 22
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    4 out of 5 stars 19
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    4 out of 5 stars 19

We depend on - we believe in - algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It's as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations - the marriage vow, the shaman's curse - do not merely describe the world but make it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Missing the point

  • By Dobrica Decebal on 19-07-18

Must Read

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Reviewed: 06-07-18

Deep perspective on the future of machine and human coexistence. If you've an interest in understanding the innards of theoretical CS via common case studies in a rather non mathematical way, want to know why certain things clicked the way they did, you have to have this book on your reading list. Splendid material, superlative performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Upstarts

  • How Uber, Airbnb and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Mr Dean Temple
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Ten years ago the idea of getting into a stranger's car or walking into a stranger's home would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business and changing the way we travel. In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Chewy on 07-04-17

Indispensable, A Must for all Entrepreneurs

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Reviewed: 01-04-18

So many facets of proactively preparing for growth pangs opened up that my business plan draft changed drastically and unrecognizably by the time I was done listening to this book. In the day and age of data breaches, wildly moving customer sentiments and newer regulations around the treatment of data, this book also touched upon how to prepare for unforseen changes. I've been working on one of my own startup ideas for months now, thought if reading this book among others to gain critical insights into what others have done that could be changed... This book touches upon most of the aspects, business growth, fund raising, owner co-founder synergies, and ultimately, pragmatism over idealism.

Totally worth my time and investment. Highly recommended alongside "Creativity Inc." by Ed Catmul, give yourselves some time, folks.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,164

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats.

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

It should be a textbook

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Reviewed: 07-10-17

A classic, filled w/ human values, tribulations, simple lives, virtues of ethics. An absolute must for every bookshelf. It's an annual read for me, and I just can't get enough of this masterpiece, Atticus' portrayal is incomparable, only a handful of writers can boast of possessing such finesse, one other being the great Premchand.

Radical Candor
    Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
    
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    Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    107 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Radical Candor

  • Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly relevant and effective

  • By Joe on 21-04-17
  • Radical Candor
  • Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott

Crisp, clear, to the point, no nonsense

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Reviewed: 12-06-17

Finished it in 2 straight sittings, now going to buy the physical copy too. It lives up to its expectation, nowhere did I feel that I don't know something it (the book) talks about, Kim's case studies are bang on, they lend so much support to an experimenter like me, I drew a lot of reassurance about my methods of bringing a sea change in the team's culture and thereby projecting it as a template for others - that it works. Every leader ( even the ICs) should have it in their bookshelf, it's so worth your time. Congrats and thanks to Kim for bringing it out for larger audience. Wonderful and gripping performance in all.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fermat's Last Theorem

  • The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
  • By: Simon Singh
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

'I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.' It was with these words, written in the 1630s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community. For over 350 years, proving Fermat's Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp but whose solution eluded the greatest minds in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Vijayant Singh on 01-05-17

Incredible

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Reviewed: 01-05-17

Right up there with the best scientific stories. You can't afford to miss it if you're into any mathematics. The content is brilliant, only a trained scientist like Dr. Singh could have achieve that... The travails of 8 years are well covered, text is friendly enough for laymen, at places, exposure to high school algebra helps but isn't a block. Narration is top class, however, explanation of figures warranted more attention - not a dampener though. Overall a five star effort, credit to the protagonist, Dr. Wiles, his support systems, giants on whose shoulders the proof stands tall, and of course, the suthar, for a job well done indeed.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

In 1982 Murakami began running to keep fit. Here he reflects on his running experiences. Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-listen for fans of this masterful author and for the increasing number of people who find a similar satisfaction in running.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always worth reading

  • By mahabibi on 12-04-17

Splendid

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Reviewed: 06-04-17

My first book by Murakami and I cannot believe I didn't read him all these years. It's all the right lessons of life delivered in a tastiest and most lucid mix... the ones that can be applied to every aspect and every profession. Treat it like a self help book if you will, or a memoir, you're bound to be enriched by an order of magnitude more either way. The content, performance, and overall experience has been first class. I'm going to listen to it for my own running sessions, instead of music, it's so mesmerising, almost musical...

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful insights into and from computer science

  • By Judy Corstjens on 21-02-17

A must have book for all engineers

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Reviewed: 22-03-17

If you think you know your algorithms, do read it, if you don't know them yet, read it. It's probably one of the best books out there that give you glimpse into the real life applications of computer science/mathematics, or if I may, the real life provenance of some of the most famous algorithms out there. Lucid reading, very strong subject matter... the author's have bestowed deserved grace and gravity to the area, their research shows, and the book is accessible most of the times to laymen, barring the places where you need basic understanding of algorithmic complexity. Overall it has been a 5-star effort.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming Steve Jobs

  • How a reckless upstart became a visionary leader
  • By: Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

We all think we know who Steve Jobs was, what made him tick, and what made him succeed. Yet the single most important question about him has never been answered. The young, impulsive, egotistical genius was ousted in the mid-'80s from the company he founded, exiled from his own kingdom and cast into the wilderness. Yet he returned a decade later to transform the ailing Apple into the most successful company the world had ever seen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Compared to Isaacson's biog? Maybe not. Read on...

  • By Tony on 27-03-15

iUltimate

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Reviewed: 06-03-17

This is the book you should pick up if you're given the wicked choice of reading just one book on Jobs, ever, i.e.. Take my word, this book gives the real insights into Steve, the human being, flawed character at times, the professional, ever so learning, committing mistakes and caring primarily for a cause, a mission... the driven entrepreneur that he was, this work has been able to do the justice to the greatest degree yet, and I've read quite a bit on this guy. I'm smitten, and I'm enriched after reading (err, listening) to this book. Good job!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful