List of examples of Stigler's law

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Stigler's law concerns the supposed tendency of eponymous expressions for scientific discoveries to honor people other than their respective originators.

Examples include:

















  • The Reynolds number in fluid mechanics was introduced by George Stokes, but is named after Osborne Reynolds, who popularized its use.
  • Richards equation is attributed to Richards in his 1931 publication, but was earlier introduced by Richardson in 1922 in his book "Weather prediction by numerical process." (Cambridge University press. p. 262) as pointed out by John Knight and Peter Raats in "The contributions of Lewis Fry Richardson to drainage theory, soil physics, and the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum" EGU General Assembly 2016.







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  2. ^ "Kelly, William". Encyclopædia Britannica. 6. 2005. p. 791.
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  8. ^ Grimmett, Geoffrey (2006). "Random‑Cluster Measures". The Random‑Cluster Model. Grundlehren der Mathematischen Wissenschaften. Springer. 333: 6. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-32891-9_1. ISBN 978-3-540-32891-9. ISSN 0072-7830. LCCN 2006925087. OCLC 262691034. OL 4105561W. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-02-13. There is a critical temperature for this phenomenon, often called the Curie point after Pierre Curie, who reported this discovery in his 1895 thesis ... In an example of Stigler’s Law ... the existence of such a temperature was discovered before 1832 by [Claude] Pouillet....
  9. ^ Hodrick, Robert, and Edward C. Prescott (1997), "Postwar U.S. Business Cycles: An Empirical Investigation," Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, 29 (1), 1–16.
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  20. ^ Powers, David M W (1998). "Applications and explanations of Zipf's law". Association for Computational Linguistics: 151–160. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)