Date: Mar 19, 2000 2:38 PM
Author: Ralph A. Raimi
Subject: Re: [HM] L'Hopital, Pythagoras, Ptolemy and Hilbert



It's not exactly a theorem, though close, and is increasingly used
by accountants, etc: "Benford's Law" is named for Frank Benford's paper
of 1938 (Proc. Am. Phil. Soc., vol 78) but was announced and "proved" by
Simon Newcomb in 1881 (Amer. J. Math, vol 4).

Ralph A. Raimi Tel. 716 275 4429 or (home) 716 244 9368
Dept. of Mathematics FAX 716 244 6631
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Rochester, NY 14627 (Webpage contains links to papers)