Alas Smith, Jones and Lewis

Bagnall, Bob
November 1991
New Scientist;11/16/91, Vol. 132 Issue 1795, p52
Offers a refinement of the author's hypothesis of scientific eminence, which states that the likelihood of fame is inversely related to the frequency of surname. Surname examples given by the author for which he claimed not a single scientific law can be attributable; Letters sent to the author that offered evidence contrary to the claim; Coincidences of names in the field of science.


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