the signal and the noise by nate silver

while observations and main thesis of the book are sound, useful, and insightful, the tone of the author is borderline obnoxious.

why on earth does he need to give short description of their looks nearly every time he introduces a person? how is that relevant? instead of lightening up the text, or whatever was his goal, book starts looking like a random mash of scientific paper and badly written RPF fanfic.

the tone of the author at times overshadowed the factual content. my copy of the book has several notes, such as “really?”, “ugh”, “this is ageism”, et cetera, most accompanied with exclamation marks.

the book would benefit from re-editing with consideration of evolved norms on what is considered appropriate in a serious non-fiction work.