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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (4 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473650763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473650763
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.8 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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 Argumentsshould 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 ofThe Incredible Human Journey
Bad arguments, great illustrations . . . gorgeous. Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net
[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 Postblog"

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, BoingBoing.net
"[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

Praise for Ali Almossawi's BAD CHOICES
"Almossawi picks everyday tasks like sorting socks, discovering new music, and writing witty status updates and examines the most efficient ways to achieve them. Each short chapter, mercifully barren of headache-inducing formulas, spotlights different computer-science concepts that can be put to use ineach situation, like context switching and linearithmic time.... Anyone with a high-school-level understanding of math or a penchant for logicpuzzles will appreciate this easily digestible primer on how little choices can make a big difference."--Booklist

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, BoingBoing.net
"[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

Praise for Ali Almossawi's BAD CHOICES
"Perfect for anyone wanting to understand the basics of Computer Science."
--Cesar Hidalgo, Director of the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab
"Almossawi picks everyday tasks like sorting socks, discovering new music, and writing witty status updates and examines the most efficient ways to achieve them. Each short chapter, mercifully barren of headache-inducing formulas, spotlights different computer-science concepts that can be put to use ineach situation, like context switching and linearithmic time.... Anyone with a high-school-level understanding of math or a penchant for logicpuzzles will appreciate this easily digestible primer on how little choices can make a big difference."
--Booklist

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, BoingBoing.net
"[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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

The wildly popular author of Bad Arguments returns with a funny, smart introduction to algorithms -- those perennially misunderstand, increasingly important problem-solving rules that can save you time and lead to better choices, every day.

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We are making choices from the time we step out of bed ~ which foot first? dress or wee? until we return there after an exhausting day of choice making usually about 50% good and 50% the other. Our lives, indeed, are governed by the choices we make from cradle to grave although latterly the choices may well be denied us, sadly.

Almossawi's new book claims to help us think smarter and live happier; excellent claims and admittedly practical ways in which to make better choices from "pairing socks" this could almost be a parlour game and just where do those odd socks go? to minimising shopping journeys and reducing the lists involved.

Systematic thinking is required in every case in the book not to mention the best uses of time and reducing irritation if at all possible. Finding the exact size shirt for you has always been a challenge that includes honesty as much as anything else; come on lets face it we all put on a few extra pounds as we get older and we must, too, face the facts that fashion changes and we really should do a clothes cull more often!!

Making choosing into a social activity is a brilliant idea, have a look about you and try to work out what choices are happening around you ~ this can be fun!! So don't be plagued by choices (bad choices are OK too) let them be the fabric of your day and reward yourself for making brilliant ones (should you really have bought a red sports car??)

Let sorting become a hobby; don't let decisions rue your life ~ get a decision-buddy
Enjoy the book as it has enough humour to make you see the funny side of any dilemma
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This book contains lots of pictures and a recurring graph. I chose it as I liked the title and the idea of using maths to help you make wiser decisions.

I really liked the first few chapters /stories but got a bit bored as it seemed quite repetitious. Perhaps that was the point, to get you to remember the methods, but the author even says this is not how to get people to learn, and the use of the same graph for each story was silly and made me look on it as a page filler.

I am really sorry, I tried hard to like this book but I ended up bored by it and I did not learn much. I think it started off really well with loads of interesting stuff but then petered out. Disappointed me and I know others will disagree but I expected more from this book.
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This book isn’t a self-help book. Your life isn’t going to be made more efficient as you spend the absolute minimum amount of time on whatever tasks it is that you have to do thus saving you hours every week to spend on your passion of flower arranging, say. This book is actually a computer science book, but the computer science concepts are thrown into real-life situations (which are made extreme for the purposes of interest and humour) so that they are more relatable to the common man.

The book has 12 extreme examples for you to read through with illustrations along the way. The illustrations do help the book immensely. They help set the tone, but also along with the funny pictures, there are diagrams helping to aid understanding. Without the illustrations, the book would be dryer and less appealing.

There is also an introduction and a closing chapter. All-in-all it took me about 2-hours to read and I found it retained my interest to the end with me being able to follow most of it.
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An algorithm is a pre-defined process that can be repeated for the same result. The effort in the decision making is in the design of the algorithm not in the execution. If you ever sort a column of numbers in a spreadsheet, work out how to pack a suitcase or the order in which you get dressed then you have used an algorithm. There are very complicated ones in encryption or medicine which come up with the same answer given the same data.

This book is an excellent ex-plainer of algorithms. You could spend months diving into some very complicated science but you don;t need to. Working out musical influences, sorting post, pairing socks or even getting from one place to another are all well dealt with. Each comes with a story and alternative processes for getting to the answer. The book is fun, clearly written and informative. There are some excellent references to research if you want to dive deeper.
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