Herb Silverman was born on June 14, 1942 — Flag Day, which perhaps accounts for his patriotism. He came of age in the turbulent 1960s, attending first Temple University in Philadelphia, then Syracuse University in the middle of New York State, earning degrees in mathematics. In 1976, he moved to the Lowcountry to teach at the College of Charleston. Silverman published more than 100 research papers in math journals, as well as a couple of books on complex variables. He retired as Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2009 and turned more of his attention to writing books and essays, not about math or academia but about atheism and America's culture wars. Looking back over his career, he does not relinquish his optimism. "It was nearly all good, and when it wasn’t good it was interesting," he said.