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    Robert Merton

    Jew Score:
    11

    I4

    O3

    K4
    (Meyer Robert Schkolnick)
    July 4, 1910 – February 23, 2003

    Stigler's law of eponymy, as stated by Stephen Stigler, claims that discoveries are never named after their real discoverer. There are many examples, including:

  • Halley's comet, named after Edmond Halley, but discovered many centuries prior
  • Pythagorean theorem, known to Babylonian mathematicians long before Pythagoras
  • Venn diagrams, proposed by Christian Weise and Leonhard Euler, but popularized by John Venn
  • Euler's number, the constant discovered by Jacob Bernoulli, but named after Euler (payback!!!)
  • Occam's razor, named after William of Ockham, but formulated long before his time (clearly, not the simplest solution here...)
  • Stiegler's law, which, according to Stigler himself, was originally discovered by sociologist Robert K. Merton!
  • Verdict: Jew.

    November 30, 2022

    See Also

    Georg Cantor

    Leonhard Euler

    Claude Levi-Strauss

    Isaac Newton

    Pythagoras
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