Remember when dinosaurs didn't have feathers? Remember when Pluto was a planet? Many of the things we learn as children change as we age. Sam Arbesman is a complexity scientist exploring the future of knowledge in the face of scientific and technological change.
In this conversation we discuss how knowledge changes, what can do with this understanding, and the importance of generalists in society.
Arbesman has written two books on this subject: The Half Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has An Expiration Date, and Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension.
When The The Half Life of Facts was released in 2013 it was called "...one of the best books of the year on science," and "Delightfully nerdy."
Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension was called elegant, eye-opening, and fascinating by The Financial Times. The Wall Street Journal said of Arbesman, "He is undoubtedly right."