A vocabulary of discovery

Was there ever a field of study like elec­tric­i­ty, that came into being so sud­den­ly as to require an entire vocab­u­lary to be invent­ed at once, and so cre­at­ing it from the names of its dis­cov­er­ers?

The most recog­nis­able names include André-Marie Ampère, Michael Fara­day, Lui­gi Gal­vani, Hein­rich Rudolf Hertz, James Prescott Joule, Georg Simon Ohm, Alessan­dro Vol­ta, and James Watt. But look at Wikipedia’s list of sci­en­tif­ic units named after peo­ple—so many are in the field of elec­tric­i­ty and mag­net­ism.

Per­haps there are oth­er fields that have seen a sim­i­lar com­ing into being of a whole vocab­u­lary; if so, I can’t imme­di­ate­ly think of them.


Also pub­lished on Medi­um.