Who is David Amos?

I'm an author, technical writer, and Python and Julia developer. I write on my blog, co-host the Talk Julia podcast, make videos on YouTube, and run a free weekly newsletter that inspires curiosity about coding.

Currently, I'm employed by RelationalAI as a technical writer on their documentation team.

My Story

In 2013, I left a Ph.D. program in Mathematics and got a job designing and programming large-scale audio/visual systems. I used a lot of mathematics but also got the opportunity to design and implement some complex automation and audio processing systems.

I started learning about topics in data science and left the audio/visual world to help The Bell Tower on 34th — a large event venue in Houston, TX — explore their data to gain better insights into their customers and their internal operations.

In the evenings, I wrote Python tutorials and worked as a part-time technical reviewer for the Real Python website. This led to a full-time position with Real Python and eventually writing the book Python Basics: A Practical Introduction to Python 3.

These days I'm documenting RelationalAI's relational knowledge graph system and enjoying a remote work lifestyle that gives me the time and resources to focus on family and my health.

I'm always open to meeting new folks, so don't hesitate to reach out and say "Hi!"


Education

I have a B.S. in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Houston – Downtown. I worked three years towards a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Texas A&M University before life led me away from academia.


Trivia

I'm fluent in English and Spanish, and I've lived in tres países: the United States, El Salvador, and Guatemala. I love traveling in Central America, eating pupusas, and drinking fresh café bourbon.

I'm a giant science fiction nerd. I've seen every single episode of Star Trek ever released.

Some of my favorite books are:

  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Candide, by Voltaire
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert
  • Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

I listen to a lot of jazz music, as well as some classical and rock music. Some of my favorite artists are:

  • Miles David
  • Joshua Redman
  • Chris Potter
  • Medeski, Martin & Wood
  • Radiohead
  • Lhasa de Sela
  • Tom Waits