This book is a well-written textbook aimed at helping students make better personal and professional decisions. It describes a number of practical techniques and aids for humans who are making complex decisions. The book is filled with interesting and realistic examples, and the author takes pains to point out that making difficult decisions is not just a matter of crunching the numbers. He takes the feelings and intuitions of the decider into account (when it makes sense to do so), which, along with practical examples, makes it easy to believe that the techniques in the book are worth of study.
The mathematical content is straightforward, appearing in utility calculations, weighted averages, and some simple probability. Everything is presented with realistic examples, plus much insightful advice on how to apply the techniques.
Dr. Toby Donaldson is an instructor in Simon Fraser University's School of Computing Science.