Books to Read if You Might Be Interested in Data Science

A couple weeks ago, I asked on twitter, “What book do you think is the best ‘What is data science?’ intro book? Tool agnostic, concept-focused? (The kind of book for a true beginner to read to figure out whether they’d enjoy pursuing data science?)”

People responded with several ideas, and I wanted to share them with you here! The link to each book’s page on Data Sci Guide is below each tweet.

Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics

What Is Data Science?

Data Science for Dummies

The Signal and the Noise

The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Python for Data Analysis: Data Wrangling with Pandas, NumPy, and IPython

Creating a Data-Driven Organization

Data Science for Business: What you need to know about data mining and data-analytic thinking


Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Frontline

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

The Art of Data Science

Another way to get oriented to the world of data science is to listen to podcasts. Check out the podcasts category on Data Sci Guide here!

If you’ve read any of these books or listened to any data science podcasts, please review them on Data Sci Guide to let others know what you liked or didn’t like about them.

So, what book would you give someone who is wondering whether they’re interested in Data Science? Tell us in the comments below!

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