December 5, 2006

Stigler's law of eponymy

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.