I learned about this book through Quora where I participate quite often. I was very curious about the book. Both because it was a handbook and for the people that participated in it, from authors to guests.
When I started reading the book I was disappointed. I felt that I didn’t want to read interviews, even if the list included Dj Patil, Mike Dewar, Kevin Novak and Michael Hochster. I had a “Asked to Answer” question on Quora to review the book. I was asked by William Chen. I consider William as very bright young man that is as willing to help as he is knowledgeable. I felt that I had to at the very least try to read.
I was amazed.
The first interviewee is Dj Patil, Chief Data Scientist for Barack Obama and co-author of the article that coined the term Data Scientist, calling it the sexiest job of the 21st century. His views on data science were not new to me. What surprised me was the depth of his insights.
From that moment on I was hooked. I don’t agree with the title of the book. I would expect a handbook to be a manual of operations. But apart from that it is a good reading, a journey to the thoughts of the people that are the past, present and future of data science.