Christmas is coming and I would like to make a statistics-themed gift. The recipient bought and liked How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg (btw, I like that book too). He also liked The Signal and the Noise, even though he found it a bit light on math. Thus I’m looking for something like these books, i.e. statistics-themed, not afraid of a few equations but lighter than a big caliber academic book such as for example BDA by Gelman et al. Can you suggest me a few titles?

EDIT: I just found out that he owns also Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions by Gigerenzer but not Kahneman’s book, so the suggestion by Glen_b seems spot on.

**Answer**

*Dicing with Death* by Stephen Senn focuses on medical statistics and is a lot more mathematical than *The Signal and the Noise*. I liked it but it does contain quite a lot of typos.

*The Lady Tasting Tea* covers a lot more ground than I expected and is one of the most open-minded statistics books that I have read. Although it is not at all mathematical, it does introduce a lot of interesting topics.

*Symbols, Signals and Noise* by Pierce is very cheap, easy to read and contains a lot of equations. It sounds like a great fit but is quite old (it’s published as a Dover reprint.)

If your friend is interested in history, *Games, Gods and Gambling* by Florence Nightingale David is an account of the early history of statistics that is very heavy on the mathematics. I much prefer her writing to Stigler, but it’s not really pop-sci, so maybe not suitable for your friend.

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