Date: Nov 29, 1997 6:06 PM
Author: Keith Ramsay
Subject: Re: most famous codiscoverer gets credit (Matthew Effect) [was: This Week's Fin

In article <NoJunkMail-2811970926510001@abinitio.mpce.mq.edu.au>,

NoJunkMail@this.address (Gerry Myerson) writes:

|I'm not sure how to categorize what I first learned as the Weil Conjecture

|(on elliptic curves) which seems to have migrated through

|Shimura-Taniyama-Weil and is now mostly called Shimura-Taniyama.

For awhile, I would hear people call it "Taniyama-Weil" too.

I once attended a talk where the speaker (who might not mind remaining

anonymous this time) accidentally referred a "Weil curve" E in the

presence of Serge Lang. (The speaker knew better, but, as I said, had

an accident.) He was soon confronted with Lang's "file" on this topic,

the product of Lang's efforts to get proper attribution for the

conjecture. (It has been said that Weil at least described a certain

refinement, which is why one might hear his name stuck in there.)

Today, we can even refer to the "Nova" television program about

Fermat's Last Theorem if anyone needs an authoritative source

giving Taniyama and Shimura their due. :-)

Anyhow, I suspect Lang deserves a lot of the credit for overcoming

the force of Baez's law in this case. Sooner or later, I suppose the

Taniyama-Shimura conjecture might get named the Wiles-X theorem where

X is whoever it is that gets the remaining cases.

Keith Ramsay In no way, shape or form did Kevin represent a viable

kramsay@aol.com alternative to mental illness. --VALIS, Phillip Dick