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The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

New insights from the science of science
 
Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing.
 
Samuel Arbesman shows us how knowledge in most fields evolves systematically and predictably, and how this evolution unfolds in a fascinating way that can have a powerful impact on our lives.
 
He takes us through a wide variety of fields, including those that change quickly, over the course of a few years, or over the span of centuries.

Samuel Arbesman is an applied mathematician and network scientist. He is a Senior Scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Wired, New Scientist and the Boston Globe. He lives in Kansas City.
 
Visit www.arbesman.net

ISBN: 9781591846512

ISBN-10: 9781591846512

Publisher: Current

Publication Date: 08/27/2013 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/27/2013 - 12:00am

Pages: 256

Language: English

Categories

Philosophy / Epistemology

Mathematics / Probability & Statistics

Mathematics / Applied