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Nate Silver holds his phone as he sits on the stairs with his laptop computer at a hotel in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. The 34-year-old statistician, unabashed numbers geek, author and creator of the much-read FiveThirtyEight blog at The New York Times, correctly predicted the presidential winner in all 50 states, and almost all the Senate races.

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He called it, and now Silver's a pop-culture star

Nate Silver correctly predicted the presidential winner in all 50 states, and almost all the Senate races — and since then, he's been hailed as the election's "other winner," who'd silenced doubters and proved the value of a cool-headed, math-based approach.

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