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Samuel Arbesman

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“Every day that we read the news we have the possibility of being confronted with a fact about our world that is wildly different from what we thought we knew.”
Samuel Arbesman, The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

“Simkin and Roychowdhury conclude, using some elegant math, that only about 20 percent of scientists who cite an article have actually read that paper. This means that four out of five scientists never take the time to track down a publication they intend to use to buttress their arguments. By examining these mutations we can trace these errors backward in time, and understand how knowledge truly spread from scientist to scientist, instead of how it appeared to spread.”
Samuel Arbesman, The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

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