Over at The World’s Fair, a challenge:

Anyway, 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.

Of course there is already a formula for Best Bacon Butty, so I can’t do anything about Bacon Butties, damnit. Well recently I’ve been thinking about how bad I am at calculations (probably because I’m teaching discrete math?), so here a la Alan Turing is my proposed eponym:

The Bacon TestThe Bacon Test is a proposal to test a human’s capability to demonstrate raw computational power. The idea is to put a computer judge in contact with a human and a computer, and to see whether this judge, by connecting to these two subjects via a high speed data link and asking the participants to carry out fast computations, can distinguish between the human and the computer. If the judge cannot distinguish between the human and the computer, then the Bacon Test claims that the human is demonstrating computational power.

You may be interested to know that recent experimental evidence suggests that humans are not yet computationally powerful. I raced my computer at computing the partition function for an instance of a random bond two dimensional Ising model and lost. But I’m getting better, I swear! What’s that about Moore’s law and computers getting faster? Oh shoot.