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Friday, March 06, 2009

Eponymous Numbers

Eponymous means, of course, something that is named after something else, usually a proper noun or person's name. I have explained this a number of times. Not always successfully. So Pittsburgh is named after William Pitt. Sometimes inexactly. So this blog is named after, well in a sort of tongue-in-cheek way, well you see ... some people do.

Now the Numbers Guy talks about naming numbers after yourself. You have heard about naming distant star systems after someone, without the obvious permission of any local residents. What numbers have given names? Usually they are not the run of the mill ones, like 1,2,3 ... that would be hard to compete with, but they are things that are useful combinations, limits, constants, etc. Read the article for more details. I like the idea in a geeky way.

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