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
 
 

Moneyball
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
 
 

Foundation
 
 

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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