Talk:Scientific phenomena named after people

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I'd assumed that Clarke orbit (Arthur C. Clarke) should not be classified as a phenomenon, but I see that Kuiper belt is listed and I wouldn't call that a phenomenon either. Therefore, adding Clarke orbit to the list. -- 21 december 2005

The list also includes non-phenomena, such as mathematical concepts. It should probably be broken up or renamed. The distinction between "phenomena" and "scientific phenomena" eludes me, but mathematical concepts (theorems, probability distributions, etc.) certainly deserve a separate list.
Urhixidur 15:20, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

To dos[edit]

Following "to do" style notes moved here from the main article:

to integrate[edit]

to identify[edit]

  • Anderson('s) bridge
  • Berlese or Tullgren funnel (entomological specimen collecting device; see e.g. [1])
  • Blaschke equation, a.k.a. Schulz-Blaschke equation
  • Buck oscillator (a.k.a. Royer oscillator)
  • Campbell('s) bridge
  • Felici('s) bridge
  • Graëtz bridge
  • Hagenbach-Couette correction
  • Hartshorn('s) bridge
  • Hay('s) bridge
  • Heaviside('s) mutual inductance bridge
  • Heidweiller/Heydweiller('s) mutual inductance bridge
  • Kelvin('s) (double) bridge
  • Mark-Houwink equation
  • Owen('s) Bridge
  • Royer oscillator (a.k.a. Buck oscillator)
  • (De) Sauty('s) bridge, (De) Sauty-Wien bridge (same?) – C. V. De Sauty (some sources have C. W., which is less likely if a Frenchman)
  • Schering('s) bridge
  • Wagner ground
  • Winkler/Moczarski eclector, a.k.a. Winkler bag (entomological specimen collecting device; see e.g. [2])


I just stumbled on this page ... it seems silly. There are dozens of items under the letter "A" that don't appear here. Next, perusing just about any biography article will reveal a half-dozen different things named after any given individual, of which this list seems to pick out a random few -- e.g. the entry for Paul Dirac did not list his most important, most famous contribution! I question the wisdom of compiling this list: the biography pages will give a better, more complete, more accurate listing, so why are we trying to duplicate it here?? linas 03:43, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

Sure, the list isn't as complete as it could be (integrating existing lists of eponymous concepts/phenomena in the various biographical Wikipedia articles), but it does also serve to point at Wikipedia's deficiencies: just count the red links. Wikipedia is still missing a lot of (admittedly minor) "effects" articles. And I've seen again and again an article describing "So-and-So phenomenon" without bothering to identify who the phenomenon was named after. Urhixidur 14:35, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

Hawthorne effect is miscategorized[edit]

It was named after a place, not a person. Is there a lsit for these? -Arch dude 19:42, 3 November 2007 (UTC)


Ernst or Ludwig Mach?[edit]

The page assigns to Ernst Mach the participation in the invention of the Mach-Zehnder interferometer, while another Wikipedia article on the subject (the Mach-Zehnder interferometer itself) says it was Ernst's son, Ludwig, the Mach that gave his name to the apparatus. --Beto Pimentel (talk) 17:26, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Corrected. Urhixidur (talk) 20:15, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Ahad's constant[edit]

I removed Ahad's constant from the table, since:

  • It is not the apparent magnitude of a known celestial object.
  • It has not a significant coverage in peer-reviewed scientific articles in renowned journals, written by others than Ahad, and using the phrase Ahad's constant. In fact, there are none. Nor are there peer-reviewed scientific articles by Ahad on the subject.

The reference, which was given to justify Abdul Ahad's constant, links to a geocities cite owned by "Abdul", and contains links to a commercial web site also promoting and selling the works of fiction by Ahad. -- Crowsnest (talk) 01:19, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

See the discussion on Apparent Magnitude's Talk PageConstructive editor (talk) 07:03, 23 February 2009 (UTC)