Statistician and political polling analyst Nate Silver paid a visit to MIT yesterday, swapping career stories with a packed room of nearly 200 people — not to mention the dozens of others forced to watch the talk from a TV outside the Institute’s Bartos Theater.
“It’s a real honor to be here,” the famed blogger behind the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight started. “We are kind of at Ground Zero for nerds.”
Seth Mnookin, the co-director of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing, sat down with Silver, asking him questions about how he got his start, the origins of FiveThirtyEight, its transition to the Times and his plans for the future, according to The Tech.
And the audience was there to be sure to capture everything in 140-characters or less on Twitter. We’ve gathered together quotes from the event below. Some fun facts? Silver’s original FiveThirtyEight pen name stemmed from a love of Mexican food, he first started making all of his money from poker and he has no shame dropping the f-bomb in front of a packed crowd.