Reviews

So far, the book has been reviewed:

  1. Clay Shirky wrote a review of my book in the NY Times Book Review.
  2. In Kirkus Review, where it recieved a star,
  3. In Publishers Weekly,
  4. In Reuters’ BreakingViews by Richard Beales,
  5. In Scientific American by Evelyn Lamb, and
  6. In Bloomberg Businessweek by Katherine Burton
  7. In The Times (UK) by Oliver Moody
  8. In Nature Magazine’s Books in Brief
  9. Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives by Cory Doctorow from his blog Boingboing.net
  10. Weapons of Math Destruction by Peter Woit from his blog, Not Even Wrong
  11. Big Data Isn’t Just Watching You—It’s Making You Poorer by Pankaj Mehta on the site In These Times
  12. Review: Weapons of Math Destruction by Evelyn Lamb in Scientific American
  13. Math is racist: How data is driving inequality by Aimee Rawlins on CNN Money.
  14. On Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction by Chris Hoofnagle, on his blog at the UC Berkeley Law School
  15. Math Is Biased Against Women and the Poor, According to a Former Math Professor by Priya Rao on NYMag’s The Cut
  16. The case against big data: “It’s like you’re being put into a cult, but you don’t actually believe in it” by Scott Timberg on Salon
  17. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil by Danny Dorling in Times Higher Education

Here are some early reviews:

“Cathy O’Neil has seen Big Data from the inside, and the picture isn’t pretty. Weapons of Math Destruction opens the curtain on algorithms that exploit people and distort the truth while posing as neutral mathematical tools. This book is wise, fierce, and desperately necessary.”
Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of How Not To Be Wrong

“Even as a professional mathematician, I had no idea how insidious Big Data could be until I read Weapons of Math Destruction. Though terrifying, it’s a surprisingly fun read: O’Neil’s vision of a world run by algorithms is laced with dark humor and exasperation—like a modern-day Dr. Strangelove or Catch-22. It is eye-opening, disturbing, and deeply important.”
Steven Strogatz, Cornell University, author of The Joy of x

“Through harrowing real-world examples and lively story-telling, Weapons of Math Destruction shines invaluable light on the invisible algorithms and complex mathematical models used by government and big business to undermine equality and increase private power. Combating secrecy with clarity and confusion with understanding, this book can help us change course before it’s too late.”
Astra Taylor, author of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age
 
Weapons of Math Destruction is a fantastic, plainspoken call to arms. It acknowledges that models aren’t going away: As a tool for identifying people in difficulty, they are amazing. But as a tool for punishing and disenfranchising, they’re a nightmare. Cathy O’Neil’s book is important precisely because she believes in data science. It’s a vital crash course in why we must interrogate the systems around us and demand better.”
Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and co-editor of Boing Boing

“Many algorithms are slaves to the inequalities of power and prejudice. If you don’t want these algorithms to become your masters, read Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil to deconstruct the latest growing tyranny of an arrogant establishment.”
Ralph Nader, author of Unsafe at Any Speed

“In this fascinating account, Cathy O’Neil leverages her expertise in mathematics and her passion for social justice to poke holes in the triumphant narrative of Big Data. She makes a compelling case that math is being used to squeeze marginalized segments of society and magnify inequities. Her analysis is superb, her writing is enticing, and her findings are unsettling.”
danah boyd, founder of Data & Society and author of It’s Complicated

“From getting a job to finding a spouse, predictive algorithms are silently shaping and controlling our destinies. Cathy O’Neil takes us on a journey of outrage and wonder, with prose that makes you feel like it’s just a conversation. But it’s an important one. We need to reckon with technology.”
Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

“Next time you hear someone gushing uncritically about the wonders of Big Data, show them Weapons of Math Destruction. It’ll be salutary.”
Felix Salmon, Fusion