Date: Mar 19, 2000 2:48 PM
Author: John Conway
Subject: Re: [HM] L'Hopital, Pythagoras, Ptolemy and Hilbert

On Sat, 18 Mar 2000, James A. Landau quoted and wrote:

>> I need some examples of results which are not named after the people who
>> derived them - ie [sic] - L'Hopital's rule, found by his tutor Johann
>> Bernoulli.

This raises an interesting point. Since de l'Hopital actually paid
Bernoulli for the right to publish some of the latter's results as his,
shouldn't we respect their agreement by continuing to use his name?

> Someone---I cannot recall whom or when---deduced that the universe was
> finite. If it were infinte (and stars were distributed randomly) then any
> line of sight will reach a star and the night sky will not be dark

This is the so-called "Olbers paradox".

John Conway