This question was sparked by the observation that the rebranding of the field called "neural networks" into "deep learning" is quite impressive. I wonder whether there have been similar renamings in the past.

  • 4
    $\begingroup$ dynamical systems -> chaos theory ..... geometric measure theory -> fractal geometry (Find a trendy name! Sell more books and attract students!) $\endgroup$ Aug 1, 2015 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ @GeraldEdgar Nice ones! $\endgroup$ Aug 1, 2015 at 19:33
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Look at mathoverflow.net/questions/175833/… $\endgroup$
    – KCd
    Aug 3, 2015 at 19:10

1 Answer 1


I suggest continental drift to plate tectonics.

  • $\begingroup$ In all seriousness plate tectonics can be regarded as a theory that provides an explanation for the fact of continental drift. Without a proposed mechanism continental drift was just an isolated (and rather absurd sounding) idea. $\endgroup$ Oct 17, 2015 at 21:38

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.