Infamous number-cruncher, blogger, and bestselling author Nate Silver has managed to make statistics sexy, in a career that began with predicting the World Series and moved towards uncannily accurate political forecasting on his blog FiveThirtyEight.com. Named one of "The World's 100 Most Influential People" by Time magazine before he was thirty, Silver was voted "Coolest Man of the Year" in the San Francisco Chronicle's reader's poll last year, after accurately predicting 50 out of 50 states in the 2012 election (and 49 out of 50 in 2008). "He changed how political campaigns are understood, showing that in a data-saturated world, the masses hungered for someone who could make sense of it all" (Crains New York).
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