Optimal Illusions

by Coco Krumme
Optimal Illusions

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£25.99
Optimisation is the driving principle of our modern world. We now can manufacture, transport, and organise things more cheaply and faster than ever. Optimised models underly everything from supply chains and airplane schedules to dating site matches. We strive for efficiency in our daily lives, obsessed with productivity and optimal performance. How did a mathematical concept take on such outsized cultural shape? And what is lost, when efficiency is gained? This sharp, character-driven narrative traces the history of optimisation from its roots in America's founding principles through the work of Manhattan project scientists, Silicon Valley techno-utopians, lifestyle gurus, oil tycoons, wildlife ecologists, sugar beet farmers, and poker players. It turns a keen eye to the technologies and mathematical assumptions that have come to underlie not just our material reality, but what we make of it. Coco Krumme's work in mathematical modeling has made her acutely aware of optimisation's ove
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Optimisation is the driving principle of our modern world. We now can manufacture, transport, and organise things more cheaply and faster than ever. Optimised models underly everything from supply chains and airplane schedules to dating site matches. We strive for efficiency in our daily lives, obsessed with productivity and optimal performance. How did a mathematical concept take on such outsized cultural shape? And what is lost, when efficiency is gained? This sharp, character-driven narrative traces the history of optimisation from its roots in America's founding principles through the work of Manhattan project scientists, Silicon Valley techno-utopians, lifestyle gurus, oil tycoons, wildlife ecologists, sugar beet farmers, and poker players. It turns a keen eye to the technologies and mathematical assumptions that have come to underlie not just our material reality, but what we make of it. Coco Krumme's work in mathematical modeling has made her acutely aware of optimisation's ove