
Re: most famous codiscoverer gets credit (Matthew Effect) [was: This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics (Week 112)]
Posted:
Nov 29, 1997 12:19 AM


Gerry Myerson wrote: > > In article <347eb06a.81621900@news.zippo.com>, quentin@inhb.co.nz wrote: > > > There are occasions when the antiMatthews effect occurs. > > Pell's equation is an example of this, named after Pell because there was > already too much stuff named after Fermat...
And then there's the Berry Paradox, discovered by Russell but named after his librarian because "Russell's Paradox" was already taken.
The smallest number that cannot be uniquely described in fewer than a million words has just been uniquely described in far less than a million words; Gregory Chaitin's Algorthmic Complexity Theory is based upon using the Berry Paradox to establish informationtheoretic incompleteness much as Godel used the Liar Paradox to establish arithmetic incompleteness.
 <J Q B>

