SCENE: A museum containing the persona of historical figures about 100 years in the future.
Fourier: "Mathematicians rule. My particular claim to fame is the discovery that periodic functions can be represented by a sum of sinusoidal functions."
Ptolemy: "Sire, I claim priority with epicycles."
Kepler: "I proved you wrong with my ellipses for the orbital motion of the planets."
Ptolemy: "Did you ever figure out the librations?"
Aristotle: "Don't I get credit for uniform circular motion?"
Archimedes: "Are not epicycles an assembly of cycloids?"
Riesz: "What Fourier did lacks rigor. If one compares the Fourier Transform of a continuous function with that of a similar function which differs only by the value at a particular point one will find that the two transforms are exactly identical."
Nyquist: "That's a rather trivial example. From the perspective of Sampling Theory the transform of the signal with noise should differ at the sampling frequency."
Armstrong: "Suppose you made the frequency of the noise signal a function of time as in FM modulation. The energy of the noise would be distributed over many frequencies and less noticable. So the transforms could be made practically indistinguishable."
Sire: "You scientists never fail to amuse me. Was not all this foreseen and communicated through the Laws of Nature?