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Facts versus fallacy

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Science  05 Aug 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6299, pp. 550
DOI: 10.1126/science.aag2776

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Since antiquity, mathematics had been an exemplar of certain knowledge. Reasoning like a mathematician meant reasoning reliably from assumptions to conclusions. Geometry, for example, was taught for centuries as a model for reasoning in general. Howard Wainer's new book, Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think Like a Data Scientist, suggests that geometry's role in the search for truth has been replaced by data science. Truth or Truthiness consists of a series of short, lively chapters that discuss how data scientists would approach various contemporary quandaries.