"How many chromosomes do we have? How high is Mount Everest? Is spinach as good for you as Popeye thought--and what scientific blunder led him to think so in the first place? "The Half-life of Facts" is fun and fascinating, filled with wide-ranging stories and subtle insights about how facts are born, dance their dance, and die. 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, Cornell University, and author of "The Joy of X" "What does it mean to live in a world drowning in facts? Consider "The Half-life of Facts "the new go-to book on the evolution of science and technology."
--Tyler Cowen, professor of economics, George Mason University, and author of "An Economist Gets Lunch" ""The Half-life of Facts" is a rollicking intellectual journey. Samuel Arbesman shares his extensive knowledge with infectious enthusiasm and entertaining prose. Even if the facts around us are ever changing, the lessons and fun in this book will have a very long half-life!"
--Michael J. Mauboussin, chief investment strategist, Legg Mason Capital Management, and author of "The Success Equation" ""The Half-life of Facts" teaches you that it is possible, in fact, to drink from a fire-hose. Samuel Arbesman, an extremely creative scientist and storyteller, explores the paradox that knowledge is tentative in particularly consistent ways. In his ca-pable hands, we learn about everything from how medieval manuscripts resemble genetic code to what bacteria and computer chips have in common. This book un-ravels the mystery of how we come to know the truth--and how long we can be certain about it."
--Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, coauthor of "Connected"show more