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  • Herbert Mayer has a fame of 4.3 mD (ranking 1916th, tied with 33 people) and Jacob Jaffe has 0.7 mD (ranking 4794th, tied with 244 people). Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 02:48, 1 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • So has anyone started a pool to see when articles on Mayer & Jaffe will be re-created, seeing how we have an arguably objective measure of their notability? -- llywrch (talk) 06:27, 1 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I must confess that I didn't recognise 2 of the top 10 men and Dewey was one of them. Is this US-centricity? S a g a C i t y (talk) 11:02, 1 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I wouldn't ascribe this directly to US-centricity - although I doubt I'm the only one surprised that Isaac Newton didn't make the list -- or other notable older scientific figures like Galileo, Plato or Aristotle. (Moreover most Americians, if asked to identify John Dewey, probably could do little better than guess he invented the Dewey Decimal System -- which was the work of another man.) But a glance at the John Dewey article offers an possible answer: he has been the target of much vitriol by American conservatives. (Damn that man for working towards te goal of offering the average American a useful & liberal education!) -- llywrch (talk) 18:53, 1 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • There appears to be a high degree of correlation between "fame" and controversy. I think Newton and Galileo might not rank in the top ten because controversy over Newton's primacy and Galileo's polemics had died down well before the advent of the Google era, even if they did fall within the two century timeframe of the project, which they do not. ~ Ningauble (talk) 19:51, 1 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Ah. I missed that small detail about the "two century timeframe". I'm standing by the rest of my comment, though. -- llywrch (talk) 20:21, 1 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Melvil Dewey lived from December 10, 1851 to December 26, 1931 and John Dewey lived from October 20, 1859 to June 1, 1952. Did the last name of the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System somehow help boost the culturomic darwins of John Dewey's name within -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 11:41, 2 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • For surnames only, I think in general Newton and Darwin are more common in uses other that the scientists' names; especially for Newton, many results found from the periods at bottom are not related to Sir Isaac. With the bigrams you misspelled Newton's first name and probably noticed how common typos or misreadings are instead (at least in the link above): here's the real link. —innotata 14:48, 1 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • And again Miss Anning is denied her due by the scientific establishment. -- (talk) 18:46, 2 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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