[seqfan] Re: Who named Catalan numbers?

Charles Greathouse charles.greathouse at case.edu
Tue Feb 11 17:10:27 CET 2014


That's the normative rule. Neil was referring to the common case that
things end up being named for people other than the discoverer.

Charles Greathouse
Analyst/Programmer
Case Western Reserve University


On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM, Alex M <timeroot.alex at gmail.com> wrote:

> As someone outside the professional mathematics world, I thought the rule
> was that you couldn't name anything after *yourself*, but if someone later
> referred to your wake by naming it after you, you could end up with
> something named after you -- it just requires someone else to name it after
> you for you.
>
> ~6 out of 5 statisticians say that the
> number of statistics that either make
> no sense or use ridiculous timescales
> at all has dropped over 164% in the
> last 5.62474396842 years.
>
>
> On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 7:34 AM, Peter Luschny <peter.luschny at gmail.com
> >wrote:
>
> > NJAS> But it avoids a lot of debate!
> > What would be academia without debate? ;-)
> >
> > As far as it is about names: 'Catalan numbers' is a wonderful name,
> > a brand burned by Riordan (as implicitly at least was confirmed above
> > by Gould). Especially for me since Catalán is also a dialect of the
> > Latin language (not of Spanish!) which I like very much and which I
> > always associate with the 'Catalan numbers' which were named after a
> > French speaking Belgian mathematician.
> >
> > As far as it is about history: A week ago I would have answered as
> > Gould said he sometimes did: 'Euler-Fuss-Segner-Catalan'. But now I
> > feel that I have overlooked the importance of the Lamé contribution.
> > Looking into Gould's definitive bibliography of Catalan numbers [1]
> > we see eight papers of Catalan but only one from Lamé. But in this
> > paper Euler's conjecture is proved (in 1838). After that the fruits
> > were hanging low and Catalan immediately (in the same year) began to
> > pick them. Catalan begins his first paper: "M. Lamé a démontré que
> > l'equation
> > ... je vais chercher à en déduire quelques conséquences."
> >
> > Peter
> >
> > [1] http://www.math.wvu.edu/~gould/BibGood%20final.pdf
> > For readers fluent in German this is a nice introduction
> > to the Catalan numbers:
> > [2] http://www.bnv-bamberg.de/home/ba2636/catalanz.pdf
> >
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