The Half-life of Facts by Samuel Arbesman
Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

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To cover so much ground in a scant 200 pages, Mr. Arbesman inevitably sacrifices detail and resolution.
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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.
 

About Samuel Arbesman

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SAMUEL ARBESMAN is a senior scholar at the Kauffman Foundation and a research 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, Missouri.
 
Published September 27, 2012 by Current. 253 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by By David A Shaywitz on Nov 18 2012

To cover so much ground in a scant 200 pages, Mr. Arbesman inevitably sacrifices detail and resolution.

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