What's in a name?

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  • Author(s): Burke, James
  • Source:
    Scientific American. Apr96, Vol. 274 Issue 4, p113. 3p. 1 Color Photograph, 1 Diagram.
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    • Abstract:
      Opinion. Comments on how scientific discoveries and phenomena came to be called and how scientists christened them. Includes anecdotes on Henry Cavendish who devised the Cavendish experiment; James Watt who gave the name of the electrical unit; Robert Bunsen who named the Bunsen burner; Henry Sorby; Martin Crookes.