We are all, or should be, extremely familiar with this graphic.
It is course the magic triangle used to represent Ohm's Law.
We should all also be very familiar with the similar power triangle.
What I find curious is that we all instantly recognize and talk about Ohm's law, yet I wonder exactly how many of us know who is responsible for the power triangle.
Even nice tutorial pages like this one, glibly talks about Ohm's Law and then wander into the power triangle as if it is somehow a part of it. No mention is ever given to the actual originators.
Why does Georg Ohm get so much credit while Joule and Lenz, with a law that is, in my mind, equally as important as Ohm's Law, are relegated to the back pages of history?
One has to wonder who slept with whom to either get recognized or forgotten.
I do realize that this seems like a discussion question, but I really want to know if there is some reason not to call it what it is. I do understand that Joule's First Law is a much bigger body of work than just the electrical heating part. Perhaps that is the issue.
Without some reason to the contrary, I'm going to make it my mission to use the credited name for the formula in the future, as, perhaps, should we all.
PS: Interestingly there is no tag on here for the law either. Lenz is not even there and the only mention Joule gets is "Joule-Thief".... sigh
PPS: Ohm's law was published in 1827, I wonder how they figured out how big resistors needed to be for the intervening 15 years...