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The half life of facts : why everything we know has an expiration date

Author: Samuel Arbesman
Publisher: New York : Current, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Samuel Arbesman shows us how knowledge in most fields evolves systematically and predictably, and how this evolution can have a powerful impact on our lives. Arbesman 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. He offers intriguing examples about the face of knowledge: what English majors can learn from a statistical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Arbesman
ISBN: 9781591846512 159184651X 9781591844723 159184472X
OCLC Number: 857524768
Description: viii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Samuel Arbesman.

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"Samuel Arbesman shows us how knowledge in most fields evolves systematically and predictably, and how this evolution can have a powerful impact on our lives. Arbesman 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. He offers intriguing examples about the face of knowledge: what English majors can learn from a statistical analysis of The Canterbury Tales, why it's so hard to measure a mountain, and why, for years, everyone was taught the wrong number of human chromosomes. The Half-Life of Facts can help us find new ways to measure the world while accepting the limits of how much we can know with certainty."--Back cover.

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