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Bangor Public Library hosts Maine Reads Science

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BANGOR As a preview event for the 2016 Maine Science Festival, the Bangor Public Library is hosting a discussion of the book 'The Signal and the Noise' by Nate Silver. The discussion will be led by Mitchell Center Senior Fellow Linda Silka and Bangor City Councilor Ben Sprague. This Maine Reads Science program is on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library, free of charge.

'We are very excited to welcome Nate Silver to Bangor,' says Barbara McDade, library director. 'Reading the book and discussing it gives the community the opportunity to hear some of his theories and digest some of his ideas before the Maine Science Festival. It's also a way to see how mathematics is useful in everyday life. Knowing how to use numbers helps us to make wiser decisions. Knowing how people make predictions helps us know which ones to invest in and which are meaningless chatter.'

Nate Silver is an American statistician and writer who analyzes baseball and elections. He is currently the editor-in-chief of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog and a Special Correspondent for ABC News. Silver first gained public recognition for forecasting the performance of baseball players. Next he took up poker in his spare time and became good enough to quit his job. In early 2008, Silver noticed that most political forecasting was just talk. He promptly reinvented that field, too. After Silver successfully called the outcomes in 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, he was named one of The World's 100 Most Influential People by Time in 2009. In the 2012 United States presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Silver correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Silver's method is completely straightforward. He uses statistics to scrutinize the claims of people who don't always have an incentive to be accurate. Silver's book,' The Signal and the Noise,' was published in September 2012. It subsequently reached The New York Times best seller list for nonfiction, and was named by as the No. 1 best nonfiction book of 2012.

Nate Silver is the Headliner for this year's Maine Science Festival. He will speak on Saturday, March 19 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now for his talk at

The Maine Science Festival, launched in 2015, is held annually with events across Downtown Bangor, Maine and at the Cross Insurance Center. As the first-of-its kind in the State, the Maine Science Festival is a three-day celebration of science and technology that aims to prove that science is everywhere. Organizers and partners of MSF want to encourage attendees to question the world around them and to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers, but also facilitate grassroots scientific thinking at the citizen level.

The Second Annual Science Festival will take place March 18-20, 2016, with more than 50 events celebrating science. To learn more, visit

The event at the Bangor Public Library is free of charge. Copies of the book are available at the Library.


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