Ramanujan number, Wikipedia, decolonise science 

The Wikipedia entry for “1729 (number)” referred to it as the “Hardy-Ramanujan number”, but since all Hardy contributed was taking a taxi that coincidentally had that as its number and it was Ramanujan who pointed out why it was special, I changed the entry to remove Hardy’s name.

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Ramanujan number, Wikipedia, decolonise science 

What a surprise, a Wikipedia Administrator undid my edit, asking me to “just Google it”.

And of course this person’s a white European man.

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Someone asked in the Talk page in 2018:

“Why is 1729 named Hardy-Ramanujan and not Ramanujan-Hardy? Ramanujan should have top billing - he did the work here. Hardy did nothing other than relate an anecdote. Did Hardy get his name first because he is the white guy?”

Silence followed.

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Ramanujan number, Wikipedia, decolonise science 

Don’t get me wrong, I love Wikipedia and I know it is supposed to curate primary sources, not be one.

But when most (UK-based!) primary sources lump Hardy’s name with Ramanujan’s, what can you do?

:BlobCatGooglyShrug:

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@RaoOfPhysics Wikipedia mods are just like mods elsewhere. Biased with god-like complexes.

Here is another one I know. This has to do with Principle Component Analysis / Proper Orthogonal Decomposition:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karhunen

> the Karhunen–Loève theorem, also known as the Kosambi–Karhunen–Loève theorem ... Stochastic processes given by infinite series of this form were first considered by Damodar Dharmananda Kosambi

Being first does not count

Ramanujan number, Wikipedia, decolonise science 

@ashwinvis Why am I not surprised?

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