Over the past few weeks, I have become addicted to Nate Silver's New York Times Blog, "538," which analyzes the polling on the presidential election. A University of Chicago math prodigy, Silver made his name analyzing baseball statistics--and then transferred his skills from batting to the ballot box.What I find tremendously impressive about him is his natural ability as a teacher. He is a great writer, and explains things clearly, concisely, and non-polemically. The mysterious world of polling has become a lot clearer thanks to him.I suspect that a whole course in statistics could be structured around his blog. Has anybody done anything like that?
Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.