Von Richthofen, Einstein and the AGA

Estimating achievement from fame



Every schoolboy has heard of Einstein; fewer have heard of Antoine Becquerel; almost nobody has heard of Nils Dalén. Yet they all won Nobel Prizes for Physics. Can we gauge a scientist's achievements by his or her fame? If so, how? And how do fighter pilots help?Mikhail Simkin and Vwani Roychowdhury look for the linkages.