Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

Reinventing the round thing whose name escapes me for the moment

(A 2007 blog post pointed out by ciphergoth on Twitter, and seems to be doing the rounds in general)

Medical researcher discovers integration, gets 75 citations

Well, they discover the trapezoidal rule, to be specific.

How many of the papers that cite it are just following the well known trick of taking other citations without reading them, I wonder, though at least one paper I looked at (published in 2009, so not just after the paper was published and not in the same journal) cites it in all seriousness.

There is of course the story of a paper being cited as blah, blah, and B. Chir. but someone who didn't realise that B Chir is a degree not a person. I can't find the story, but a search for "a m parfitt and b chir" on Google brings up some papers where there is a citation of this form.

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