[seqfan] Re: Who named Catalan numbers?
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.
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
> > 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 
> > 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
> >  http://www.math.wvu.edu/~gould/BibGood%20final.pdf
> > For readers fluent in German this is a nice introduction
> > to the Catalan numbers:
> >  http://www.bnv-bamberg.de/home/ba2636/catalanz.pdf
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