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

ISBN-10: 159184651X
ISBN-13: 9781591846512
Edition: 2013
Authors: Samuel Arbesman
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/27/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.48" wide x 8.41" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

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.

The Half-life of Facts
The Pace of Discovery
The Asymptote of Truth
Moore's Law of Everything
The Spread of Facts
Hidden Knowledge
Fact Phase Transitions
Mount Everest and the Discovery of Error
The Human Side of Facts
At the Edge of What We Know
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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