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


In article <NoJunkMail2811970926510001@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 ShimuraTaniyamaWeil and is now mostly called ShimuraTaniyama.
For awhile, I would hear people call it "TaniyamaWeil" 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 TaniyamaShimura conjecture might get named the WilesX 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

