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Bad Choices How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier by Ali Almossawi

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

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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.

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Bad Choices How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier by Ali Almossawi

What's the best way to sort your laundry? Why is Facebook so good at predicting what you like? How do you find new music? Readers around the world have embraced Ali Almossawi's whimsical illustrations and his funny, clarifying explanations of complex subjects. In Bad Choices Almossawi demystifies a new topic of increasing relevance to our lives: algorithms. This is a book for anyone who's looked at a given task and wondered if there was a better, faster way to get it 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 each scenario, 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 recognise what makes a method faster and more efficient, you'll become a more nimble, creative problem-solver, ready to face new challenges.


One of the more clever ways of introducing computational thinking to the general public * Vint Cerf, Turing Award winner, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, a 'Father of the Internet' *

About the Author

Ali Almossawi works on the Firefox team at Mozilla and is an alumnus of MIT's Engineering Systems Division (MS) and Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science (MS). Previous stints included working as a research associate at Harvard and as a collaborator at the MIT Media Lab. His writing has appeared in Wired and Scientific American.

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Publication date

4th April 2017


Ali Almossawi

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John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


160 pages


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