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The Half-Life of Facts

Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

Samuel Arbesman

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 ...
Publish Date
August 26
First Published in 2012
Goodreads rating
Mar 01, 2018
I re-read @arbesman's book The Half-Life of Facts and I gotta say it's included in the category @patrick_oshag talks about of books that fundamentally changed how I think about stuff.      source
Jan 10, 2020
Every book that helps understand better how old paradigms are replaced by new ones is a huge addition to our research on #digitalhealth. That's why I liked The Half-Life of Facts. It describes how facts and knowledge change over time. A must-read in the age of fake news!      source
Jun 05, 2019
@jlinowski @mcmillanstu this is the idea of half-life of things... as well as "science"... facts change great book on the topic      source