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Phonetically accurately named theorems/results

  1. Dec 3, 2013 #1
    Hi,

    I stumbled upon this:

    Any more come to mind?
     
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  3. Dec 3, 2013 #2
    :biggrin: Good idea!
     
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  4. Dec 3, 2013 #3

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    How's about the Heaviside step function (named after Oliver Heaviside). Since the left side is at 0, as if on the ground, and the right side up at 1, it sort of seems lopsided.
     
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  5. Dec 3, 2013 #4

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    The l'Hôpital's rule, always there to save the students from being stuck on a limit during exams.
     
  7. Dec 3, 2013 #6

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    Nice. I was thinking of that one (but for different reasons, such as I'm dying to read a straightforward and intuitive explanation of what it is). :smile:

    That's my favorite! Stuck on a limit? L'Hôpital the poor sucker!
     
  8. Dec 6, 2013 #7
    Hausdorff Spaces

    Where points can be housed off from one another with open sets.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2013 #8

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  10. Dec 6, 2013 #9
    Ah yes, there's a whole lot of them if you search for "nominative determinism".

    There's also a paper by Alpher, Bethe and Gamow, sometimes called the αβγ paper. Bethe did not contribute, but was added by Gamow just to make it sound right.

    Similarly, Knox, Knox, Hoose, Zare published a paper on the Observation of the 0-fs pulse on April 1, 1990. Wayne Knox was the only one actually contributing to the (nonsensical, I guess?) paper.
     
  11. Dec 6, 2013 #10

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    Sometimes you get nominative misleadingisms as well. Before the web, I once spent a lot of time trying to make sense of a paper that used the term "Trench matrix" for something. Eventually it turned out to be a very uninteresting reference to another paper about nothing in particular, published by somebody called Trench. In fact, Trench's paper was so uninteresting that the paper I was originally reading didn't even include the reference to it. :cry:

    Actually, the web probably wouldn't have helped. I just googled "trench matrix" and got lots of links about long black coats.... :confused:
     
  12. Dec 6, 2013 #11

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    Makes me think of Cox-Zucker machine.

    But we are getting off topic.
     
  13. Dec 6, 2013 #12

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    Which makes me think of the Turing Machine, named after Alan Turing. The name Turing sounds like touring, having implications of going round and round (and sometimes even backtracking, maybe), exploring, discovering.
     
  14. Dec 6, 2013 #13

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    Christoffel symbols are pretty awful...
     
  15. Dec 6, 2013 #14

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    Christ Offal??? :rofl:
     
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