Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stigler's Law

Stephen Stigler himself.
As a reminder to my fellow grad students out there: I know we are all in this academic endeavor for the pursuit of knowledge, correct?

Hahahaha, yeah right.  What we really want is to go down in the history books for our significant contributions to science.  Well, in that case, remember that you in fact should strive to be the second person to discover a law or property.  As Stigler's Law notes, "No scientific law is ever named after its original discoverer."

So, peers, get to reading those old obscure journals.  If you rediscover it, you've got a much better chance of achieving infamy in your miniscule niche of science.

Thanks to the Wiki article on Benford's Law for pointing me towards Stigler.