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We were very impressed with Professor Sue Doe Nihm's (November 1976) polynomial law of sensation, which states that the degree of the polynomial is always one less than the number of stimuli. However, a distinguished visitor to our university, Professor Hoff Witt of the Frohliche Hochschule, has found that the law applies not only to psychophysical data but to psychological data in general. In recognition of Professor Witt's generalization of Nihm's law, we hope other psychologists will join us in referring to their joint contribution as the Nihm-Witt law of just enough numbers. The important implication of this law is, of course, that psychology's promise has been fulfilled. We now have a single law descriptive of all psychological data. The work of Professor Nihm and Professor Witt, as well as our own work, has convinced us that no single psychological law will ever be more powerful. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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