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What is Murphy’s Law? Origin and Meaning

Murphy’s Law is an adage that says: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Many people use it, particularly engineers, to address the numerous issues that any given process can have. Murphy’s Law has been around for centuries, but got its name in 1949. Murphy’s Law got its name from a letter written by George Nichols, talking about a Captain Ed Murphy: “The Law's namesake was Capt. Ed Murphy, a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab. Frustration with a strap transducer which was malfunctioning due to an error in wiring the strain gage bridges caused him to remark - "If there is any way to do it wrong, he will" - referring to the technician who had wired the bridges at the Lab. I assigned Murphy's Law to the statement and the associated variations.”

by Susan White on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 20:24

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