Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier

By Ali Almossawi
The wildly popular author of Bad Arguments returns with a funny, smart introduction to algorithms--those perennially misunderstood, increasingly important problem-solving rules that can save you time and lead to better choices, every day.
Why is Facebook so good at predicting what you like?
How do you discover new music?

What's the best way to sort your laundry?
Readers around the world have embraced Ali Almossawi's whimsical illustrations--drawn by his collaborator Alejandro Giraldo--and his funny, clarifying explanations of complex subjects. In fewer than 200 pages, Almossawi demystifies a new topic of increasing relevance to our lives: algorithms. Bad Choices is a book for anyone who's looked at a given task and wondered if there was a better, faster way to get the task done. What's the best way to organize a grocery list? What's the secret to being more productive at work? How can we better express ourselves in 140-characters?
Presenting us with alternative methods for tackling twelve different scenarios, Almossawi guides us to better choices that borrow from same systems that underline a computer word processor, a Google search engine, or a Facebook ad. Once you recognize what makes a method faster and more efficient, you'll become a more nimble, creative problem-solver, ready to face new challenges. Bad Choices will open the world of algorithms to all readers making this a perennial go-to for fans of quirky, accessible science books.

Praise for Ali Almossawi's BAD ARGUMENTS "A very good book every scientist should have. Every scholar really."--Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl "Seriously, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments should be on every school curriculum. Twitter will be a more civil place."--Buzzfeed "A great primer for anyone looking to understand logical fallacies and become a better debater. It helps that each logical fallacy is accompanied by a comic featuring a funny animal... Check it out and pass it along to all the arguers--good and bad--in your life."--io9 "Now more than ever, you need this illustrated guide to bad arguments, faulty logic, and silly rhetoric."--Fast Company "Need a great coffee table book that looks like a kid's book but will teach everyone around you to think more critically? This is the book. Share with your friends. Encourage your family members to flip through it. Casually leave copies in public places."--GeekDad "Wonderfully digestible . . . I can't think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book."--Aaron Koblin, creative director, Google's Data Arts team "I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws."--Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of The Incredible Human Journey "Bad arguments, great illustrations . . . gorgeous."--Cory Doctorow, "[A] handsome newcomer's guide to the world of logic . . . Almossawi and his McSweeney's-ready artist Giraldo accessibly tackle such classic subjects as circular reasoning, false dilemma, straw man, appeal to ignorance, and genetic fallacy . . . An attractive, substantive read."--John Wenzel, Denver Post blog


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Publisher Viking
Publish date 04/20/2017
Pages 160
ISBN-13 9780735222120
ISBN-10 0735222126
Language English

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