The Half-Life of Facts by Samuel Arbesman audiobook

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

By Samuel Arbesman
Read by Lloyd James

Gildan Audio 9781591844723

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781469087344

  • ISBN: 9781469087320

  • ISBN: 9781482954449

Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Fresh and insightful, The Half-Life of Facts offers a new approach to understanding the ever-changing information that bombards us.

Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from healthy to deadly. The recommended age for a mammogram continues to increase. And the healthiness of carbs and fat seems to be in constant flux. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe, that Pluto was a planet, and that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. What we know about the world is constantly changing.

Samuel Arbesman is an expert in scientometrics, literally the science of science—how we know what we know. He shows us how knowledge in most fields evolves systematically and predictably and how this evolution can have a powerful impact on our lives.

The Half-Life of Facts features fascinating examples from fields as diverse as technology and literature. Approachable yet abstract, Arbesman shows us how we can find new ways to measure the world while also accepting the limits of how much we can know with certainty.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The author, an applied mathematician, explores the nature of knowledge: why it changes, how it changes, and why this is so vital for scientific exploration…Fascinating, engagingly written, and just mind-bending enough to spur readers to revisit their own mental catalogs of knowledge.” Booklist
“Consider The Half-Life of Facts the new go-to book on the evolution of science and technology.” Tyler Cowen, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Stagnation
The Half-Life of Facts is easily one of the best books of the year on science.” Stephen L. Carter, New York Times bestselling author
“Delightfully nerdy.” Wall Street Journal
“[An] engaging, insightful jaunt across the back stage of scientific knowledge.” Discover
“Arbesman is a delightful guide…His wide-eyed reporting invigorates material that could have been dry and academic.” Nature
“[The Half-Life of Facts] does what popular science should do—both engages and entertains.” Kirkus Reviews
“A rollicking intellectual journey.” Michael J. Mauboussin, chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, author of The Success Equation
“Fun and fascinating…In today’s world, where knowledge often changes faster than we do, Samuel Arbesman’s new book is essential reading.” Steven Strogatz, professor of mathematics at Cornell University, author of The Joy of X
“This book un­ravels the mystery of how we come to know the truth—and how long we can be certain about it.” Nicholas A. Christakis, coauthor of Connected

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Author

Author Bio: Samuel Arbesman

Author Bio: Samuel Arbesman

Samuel Arbesman is an applied mathematician and network scientist. He 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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English