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Reinventing Willis?

Posted by piklprado on 04 Sep 2011 at 16:49 GMT

It is perplexing that the classic work of J.C. Willis (Age and area, 1922) is not cited. Many of the ideas of these paper can be easily traced back to this source.

By the way, "reinventing Willis" is not my idea: it is the title of an article by M.V. Simkin and V.P. Roychowdhury ( about how researchers that do not read the classics are doomed to ' "re-invent things that were long known" '. The repeated re-discovery of Willis-Yule process is one of their case studies.

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