The Half-Life of Facts

This sounds dead interesting and I have downloaded it from Audible, so expect a review at some point.

“All crude measures, however arrived at, show to a first approximation that science increases exponentially, at a compound interest of about 7 percent  per annum, thus doubling in size every 10–15 years, growing by a factor of 10 every half century, and by something like a factor of a million in the 300 years which separate us from the seventeenth-century invention of the scientific paper when the process began.”

Since scientific knowledge is still growing by a factor of ten every 50 years, it should not be surprising that lots of facts people learned in school and universities have been overturned and are now out of date.

• Reason.com: Half of the Facts You Know Are Probably Wrong

• Samuel Arbesman: The Half-Life of Facts (Book details)

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