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"I liked this book very much indeed. It will be very useful to the many who are interested in the interplay of forces that have yielded modern science."--Eric T. Bradlow, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
"Fascinating. This book . . . the first to explore the chronological development of graphical data display . . . should be required reading for statisticians, applied researchers, scientists, and certainly for all journalists."--I. Elaine Allen, Babson College
"A delightful and thought-provoking book on statistical graphics. Wainer provides compact case studies of how graphical presentations such as bar charts, plots, and scattergrams can lead to important discoveries. The most compelling examples show how a published graphic could be dramatically improved to avoid misleading interpretations or make new discoveries. The most entertaining parts are his vignettes of historical figures, such as his twin heroes of William Playfair and John Tukey. I enjoyed Wainer's sardonic wit, personal anecdotes, and popular culture references, but the real gift was the clarity of thinking and the wise guidance about deep issues in statistics, data mining, and information visualization."--Ben Shneiderman, College Park, MD
This book is a true gem on par with Tufte's "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information". For statisticians, it might be even more important than Tufte's book. Read morePublished on August 3, 2010 by Kevin Wright
As an individual who has been removed from the field of statistics and graphical presentation for some time now, I found this book enjoyable, informative, and readable. Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by Old Tech Writer
I've been looking for a way to jazz up my undergraduate statistics course. On a whim, I bought a copy of Wainer's "Graphic Discovery." What a treat! Read morePublished on March 23, 2008 by James H. Steiger