Book about statistics lighter than academic ones

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.


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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