Do you want to learn about data visualisation history and theory? Learning something new is not that difficult anymore as we have access to the information all the time. But also this has lead to more confusion because the internet doesn’t give you the direction to follow to seek appropriate knowledge. So, what is the right way to learn about data visualisation? Data visualisation books.

These books can guide you step by step. If you are new to this field, you can become pro only by choosing the right data visualisation books.

Here are the fpur essential books on data visualisation.

1. The Functional Art by Alberto Cairo

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The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization

With the advancing world, we have access to large amounts of free information. This book will teach you the right tools to see patterns and trends. This book ranges from the data visualisation of business and politics to science and sports. Also, this book teaches the use of statistical charts, maps and diagrams. Also, this book highlights why data visualisation should be thought of as functional art rather than fine art.

2. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

This classical guide comprises of statistics, graphs and tables with detailed analysis of how to display data precisely and effectively. Also, it contains Professor Tufte’s guidelines on minimizing non-data-ink and maximizing data-ink. This book will awaken the thirst for more knowledge.

3. Information Is Beautiful by David McCandless

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Information is Beautiful

Information is beautiful contains the ideas of graphs and maps. This book is a simple guide to follow. It guides how the world actually works. It contains statistics, facts, theories, relationships, words, numbers. This book suggests a brand new way to hold all the information present in the world.

4. The Book Of Circles by Manuel Lima

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The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge: (with over 300 beautiful circular artworks, infographics and illustrations from across history)

This book contains 300 detailed and colourful illustrations of circular information design. It includes religion, architecture, physics, astronomy, biology and cartography. It explains them all based on the circle as it is the universal symbol of unity, movement and perfection. Also, the author provides the history of the circle in this book.

These are four essential data visualisation books for beginners. Even if you’re a master in data visualisation and you haven’t read this book, you should read it.

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