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List of eponymous laws — very cool Wikipedia page (wikipedia.org)
13 points by jsomers on Sept 14, 2008 | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments

This is pretty nice. Having a tool named after you seems to me better than your name on some pile of stone. After all, things come and go, but Andre Ampere's name will always be current.

We need more good puns here.

I've been trying to get Percival's Law of Data Compression -- "Birds of a feather compress better together" -- more widely used, but so far it has only been picked up by one other author.

Does anyone else here have similar "laws" that they think ought to be better known?

Hofstadter's law: "It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take Hofstadter's Law into account."

It should be considered one of the basic axioms of programming, maybe even engineering, although I'm just biased because it is an infinite (perhaps even strange) loop.

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