I’ve always been fascinated by numbers, probably because their mysteries have eluded me all my life.
School maths lessons happened behind a glazed, slack-jawed frown of WTF? Every right answer – the product of palm hair inducing concentration – led to such elation that it took what little strength I had left not to leap out of my chair and scream to the teacher, “I did it!” Like a proper tit.
So this dude, Nate Silver, is to me a God. Using some kind of numerical alchemy, he predicted the results of the US election correctly. To the last seat, in every state.
Surely, that’s magic?
Algorithm: that’s as close as I can get to explaining what this guy does. And all I can do is spell it.