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.


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