The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems . . . and Create More
Paperback – November 3, 2015
by Luke Dormehl (Author)
Pub.: Perigee, Penguin Random House, NY, Nov.2015.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Tarcher Perigee; Reprint edition (November 3, 2015)
This book drew my attention because of its deceptively worded title. I spent some time on it, trying to figure out what
the author was trying to communicate.
The author must be appreciated for his honesty in admitting what this book is NOT about. It is certainly not a book
on "How algorithms solve all our problems....." Neither is it a book on mathematics, logic or philosophy.
There is not a single formula except for its mention in the title of the book. The author has gathered
an impressive list of references and avoided mention of any reference to any author
or article related to algorithms. The book is just a clumsy collection of rhetorical generalisations
drowned in journalistic verbosity. This is proof that literate eloquence does not always lead to intelligent
Of course, the book did not answer any of the questions prompted in the title.
I am not disappointed.