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    • The Half-life of Facts

    • Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date
    • By: Samuel Arbesman
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    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 Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing. But it turns out there’s an order to the state of knowledge, an explanation for how we know what we know.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Our understanding changes with our set of facts

    • By Gary on 02-14-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Overcomplicated

    • Technology at the Limits of Comprehension
    • By: Samuel Arbesman
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    In Overcomplicated, complexity scientist Samuel Arbesman offers a fresh, insightful field guide to living with complex technologies that defy human comprehension. As technology grows more complex, Arbesman argues, its behavior mimics the vagaries of the natural world more than it conforms to a mathematical model. If we are to survive and thrive in this new age, we must abandon our need for governing principles and rules and accept the chaos.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Original perspective

    • By favoritethings on 07-23-16

    Regular price: $17.49