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Stigler’s Law

?o scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer.?/strong>

The above is a statement by a statistician named Stigler, studying “multiples” in the area of invention. In this usage, “multiples” are when a discovery or invention can be found to have been made independently by two or more people.

This is not really radio, but it’s quite interesting reading for the science minded. The New Yorker has an interesting article discussing the nature of invention. Credit to N3JT, who passed the link to the PVRC mail list, although he notes it was passed to him.

I just knew I was the first to have that idea about using small gas engines to power electric cars back when I was a teenager in the 1970’s.

Too bad I was too broke to shine the patent lawyers shoes back then when my gray matter still functioned.

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