Stigler's law of eponymyWhy are things never named after their actual inventors/discoverers?
Jul 20, 2020Last updated: Sep 15, 2020
There's been so many instances when I find things not being named after
the actual inventor. I finally have a name for this phenomenon.
Stigler's law of eponymy
states that no scientific discovery is named after its inventor.
- Bayes theorem was actually formulated and extended by Pierre-Simon Laplace.
- Gaussian distribution was actually invented by Abraham de Moivre.
- Gram-Schmidt process was known to Pierre-Simon Laplace.
- Cauchy distribution was first analyzed in detail by Poisson.