We always remember the best and brightest and the ones who are almost as great are forgotten about.
Now imagine you were the poor soul who came up with
The eclipses from Algol come further apart in time when the Earth is moving away from Algol and closer together in time when the Earth is moving towards Algol, thereby proving that the speed of light is variable and that Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity is wrong.
How about the guy who came up with F=.99ma, or y = 16.01t^1.98?
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.