By Samuel Arbesman

Samuel Arbesman is a Computational Biology doctoral candidate at Cornell University and is interested in the study of all types of complex systems. As his scientific career is still in its infancy, he has not approached anywhere near the Arbesman Limit.

HOW TO GET YOUR OWN SCIENTIFIC EPONYM, AND, INTRODUCING THE ARBESMAN LIMIT

Human nature is complex, fickle and strange. But there is one constant in people’s mercurial ways: people like to have things named after themselves. If you have a lot of money, this is straightforward: buildings and bridges are up for sale. If you were born a few hundred years ago, you could even get a country named after you. Even science is a naming goldmine: asteroids, species, cellular organelles, chemical elements. The list goes on. Those are all very interesting and nice, but somewhat everyday and mundane. And frankly, they all involve work. What you’re clamoring for is something lofty,…