From the reviews:
"This excellent book is written in an accessible language and is well structured, making it a fine textbook for an introductory course on information visualization (IV). Extensive use of good examples and figures will help readers quickly grasp the essentials of the different techniques and concepts presented. … All in all, this book is a good starting point for understanding the goal of IV, getting a broad overview of the field, comprehending the main techniques proposed to date, and raising interest in future developments." (Angelica de Antonio, ACM Computing Reviews, July, 2009)
“In eight well-illustrated chapters, Mazza moves you through basic theory and simplified visualization techniques to reader response theory and highly complex techniques. … meant to be a textbook for a course in information visualization. … I find this book highly useful in understanding how to handle massive quantities of data visually. … If used as a reference book, it points the way to solving problems related to visual representation of data in real time. … a useful book for both academics and practitioners.” (Tom Warren, Technical Communication, Vol. 57 (3), August, 2010)
From the Back Cover
Information Visualization is a relatively young field that is acquiring more and more consensus in both academic and industrial environments. This concise introduction to the subject explores the use of computer-supported interactive graphical representations to explain data and amplify cognition. Written in a lively, yet rigorous, style the book explores ways of communicating ideas or facts about data, and shows how to validate hypotheses, and facilitate the discovery of new facts via exploration.
The concepts outlined in the book are illustrated in a simple and thorough manner, building a reference for those situations in which graphic representation of information, generated and assisted by the use of computer tools, can help in visualizing ideas, data and concepts.
With suggestions for setting communications systems based on, or availing of, graphic representations, this textbook illustrates cases, situations, tools and methods which help make the graphic representations of information effective and efficient.