Perfect for anyone wanting to understand the basics of Computer Science.

UK and Commonwealth edition North American edition

Perfect for anyone wanting to understand the basics of Computer Science.

—Cesar Hidalgo, Director of the
Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab

Always delighted when data becomes actionable knowledge. Some insights into putting this into daily action in all parts of life. Thanks, Ali!

—Jean Ellefson, Chief of Staff, Research
and Product Development, Xerox

Read it with the kids and spent more than an hour arguing about different sock-sorting algorithms. Was great fun!

—Daniel Whiteson, Particle physicist at UC Irvine,
Author of We Have No Idea

Bad Choices by Ali Almossawi

Bad Choices is a book all about faster and slower ways of tackling everyday problems that aims to show how thinking in such terms can lead to better decisions. In doing so, the book's cast of characters—mostly humans this time, but some critters and plants as well—introduce you to the topic of algorithmic thinking through twelve vignettes and sixty-five illustrations.

I'm excited to share that we have an official release date: April 4, 2017. And a publisher! Viking (Penguin Random House) will be the book's North American home and John Murray (Hachette) will be the book's UK and Commonwealth home. It's been such a pleasure to have worked so closely with both houses.

I'm grateful to everyone who has engaged with Bad Arguments and Bad Choices over the past three years. I hope you enjoy this new book.

With best wishes,
A. A., December 2016

In the United States and Canada, the book is published by Viking—an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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Manifesto: How Algorithmic Thinking Can Help You Think Smarter

Readers around the world have embraced Ali Almossawi’s funny, clarifying explanations of logical fallacies in his hit book, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. Now, Almossawi demystifies algorithms, those perennially misunderstood principles that underlie so many of our daily activities, from how we listen to music and read our email to how we shop for clothing and wash the dishes.

Once you recognize what makes a method faster and more efficient, you’ll become a more nimble, creative thinker, ready to face new challenges. Along the way, you’ll learn about fundamentals of computer science that have led to the innovations that we take for granted nowadays, like websites that recommend movies or restaurants to us and apps that help us get one place to another.

Bad Choices will open the world of algorithms to all readers, making this a go-to for fans of quirky, accessible science books.

In the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and all Commonwealth countries, the book is published by John Murray—an imprint of Hachette.

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Press release: Bad Choices to John Murray

Ali Almossawi’s first book Bad Arguments (‘A flawless collection of flaws’ ALICE ROBERTS) was a cult hit all round the world. In Bad Choices, he takes on algorithms, those perennially misunderstood principles that underlie so many of everyday activities. Taking us through 12 very funny, highly illustrated situations – from how we listen to music to finding every item on a shopping list as quickly as possible. Bad Choices explains how algorithms work and how to use them for yourself.

All of us have an intuitive knack for solving problems, but can we use this ability to find items in logarithmic time? Can we create cognitive stacks to cut down on errands? Can we figure out what book we want to read next with link analysis? Almossawi shows you how and once you recognize what makes a method faster and more efficient, you’ll become a more nimble, creative thinker, ready to face new challenges.

Covering everything from maze-solving in Ancient Greece to the Two Ronnies, and from rapping in supermarkets to how Facebook predicts your likes, in opening algorithmic thinking to all readers. Bad Choices shows you how to choose better -- and live happier.

Bad Choices will also be available in Japanese thanks to Toyo Keizai, Simplified Chinese thanks to CITIC Publishing Group, Korean thanks to MaeKyung Publishing, Complex Chinese thanks to Business Weekly, and Russian thanks to Eksmo. The release dates for these editions are forthcoming. Be sure to join the mailing list or connect on Facebook or Twitter for updates about these and other forthcoming editions.

Toyo Keizai CITIC Publishing Group MaeKyung Publishing Business Weekly Eksmo

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For foreign rights, please contact Rebecca Gardner or Will Roberts at The Gernert Company. For press inquiries, please contact Lindsay Prevette at Viking or Ruby Mitchell at John Murray. For other inquiries, please reach out to Seth Fishman.

Lindsay Prevette
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Ruby Mitchell
Publicity Manager, John Murray
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Margie Wana admires her work

Ali Almossawi is the creator and maintainer of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, a project read by 2.5 million readers and translated into 18 languages, 12 of which were done by volunteers. He currently works as a data visualizer at Apple and was formerly a data visualization engineer on the Firefox team. He is an alumnus of MIT's System Design and Management program and Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science.

The project's sixty-five sketches were transformed into beautiful works of art by my third-time collaborator, the brilliant Alejandro Giraldo. The North American edition's interior design was done by Spring Hoteling. This page's background image is a modified version of a background from subtlepatterns.

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