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The Book of Why

The New Science of Cause and Effect

By Judea Pearl and Dana MacKenzie
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The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl and Dana MacKenzie

The Book of Why (2018) introduces basic concepts of statistical methods of argumentation and makes the case for a mathematical model of causation. For decades, the mantra “correlation does not imply causation” has been hammered home by statisticians. The result has been stagnation in many forms of research, and this book aims to push back against this trend.

  • Followers of national news and government reports
  • Social scientists reliant on big data
  • Humanities students looking to break with dominant paradigms

Judea Pearl is a computer scientist and philosopher. In 2011, he won the Turing Award, the most prestigious prize in computer science. He is the author of Causality, Probabilistic Reasoning in Intelligent Systems and Causal Inference in Statistics.

Dana Mackenzie is a writer and mathematician. He is the author of The Universe in Zero Words and The Big Splat, or How Our Moon Came to Be.

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