Lessons in Innovation from Stigler’s Law of Eponymy
Stigler’s law of eponymy says that no scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer. This is an interesting phenomenon, but what really grabbed my attention about Stigler’s law is that it is self-referential, and deliberately so. Stephen Stigler, the statistics professor after whom the law is named, intentionally appropriated the idea from sociologist Robert Merton so that the law itself follows its own principle. Very neat.