Stigler’s law of eponymy

It is fitting to post this right before my Statistics final.

By Alec Brandon

It is fitting to post this right before my Statistics final. Stephen Stigler‘s law states:

No scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer.

This is so true that Stigler doesn’t even take credit for the law:

Stigler attributes the discovery of Stigler’s Law to Robert K. Merton…

This actually appears to be real, it is listed on his CV.