Over at The World’s Fair, David Ng dangles another meme before us:
… this meme asks that you come up with your own scientific eponym. What’s that exactly? Well, first read this excellent primer by Samuel Arbesman, which basically provides a step by step description of how to do this effectively. Then have a go at your own blog. If all goes well, I’d like to create a page at the Science Creative Quarterly, that collects (and links to) the good ones.
Since it is well known that I am a tremendous Luddite, it will come as no surprise that my scientific eponym is a measure of how tremendous a Luddite one is. I give you the Stemwedel Index of Luddite Nature:
π = the number of releases back from the most recent release of the software you use
η = the number of years elapsed that you have been aware of the existence of a keyboard shortcut in that software but have refrained from using it
ρ = the number of redundancies you put in place in case of technological failures
μ = the subjective probability you assign to those technologies actually failing
σ = the inordinate satisfaction (in arbitrary units from 0 to 10) you take in doing by hand what could be accomplished using a computer or calculator
θ = the factor by which you judge yourself more likely to learn ancient Greek than LaTex
Related content: working out the relevant definition of the adjectival form of my surname.