'The Half-Life Of Facts'Play
This story originally aired on October 17, 2012.
Samuel Arbesman has a small goal. He wants to upend just about everything we think we know about the nature of facts.
In his new book, "The Half-Life Of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has An Expiration Date," he argues that there is an actual pattern — a predictable rhythm — to how facts change.
- Samuel Arbesman, senior scholar at the Kauffman Foundation and fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University; author of "The Half-Life Of Facts"
This segment aired on January 1, 2013.