Over the last month I've been asked repeatedly about Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise – have I read it? What did I think? What did I think while I was reading it? I'm guessing that anyone who spends even a small amount of time working with and talking about data has been similarly swamped with questions.

The coolest new thing. 

The coolest new thing. 

I've not read the book yet – it's on the holiday list – but I did find two reviews of the book on Andrew Gelman's excellent Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science blog. The reviews are by statisticians, and offer differing opinions besides, and so the entire post makes for good reading for anyone interested in what seems to be one of the trendier cultural phenomena of 2012.