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Sam Arbesman, Ph.D.

Scientist in Residence

Sam Arbesman is Scientist in Residence with Lux Capital. Sam is a complexity scientist, whose work focuses on the nature of scientific and technological change. His research and writing has examined a wide variety of topics, including the nature of cities, human interaction, entrepreneurship and innovation, and scientific discovery.

Sam's scientific research has been cited widely and has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His essays about science, mathematics, and technology have appeared in such places as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Wired. Sam is the author of the award-winning The Half-Life of Facts (Current/Penguin, 2012), which explores how knowledge changes over time.

In addition, Sam is a Senior Adjunct Fellow of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado; Research Fellow at the Long Now Foundation; Associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University; and Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at the University of Kansas.

Previously, Sam was a Senior Scholar in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He completed a PhD in computational biology at Cornell University and earned a BA in computer science and biology at Brandeis University.

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