Friday, January 29, 2010

The Origins Of Murphy’s Law


Arthur Bloch in his book “Murphy’s Law and other reasons why things go wrong” claimed that Captain Ed Murphy, a Development Engineer, who was involved with United States Air Force Project MX 981, at the Edwards Air Force Base in California originated Murphy’s Law!

The project carried out during 1949 involved experimental crash testing research. Part of the project was delayed by the malfunctioning of equipment due to an error in the wiring circuits by a Technician causing Murphy to remark – “If there is a way to do it wrong, he will”. Murphy’s Law was created and all its associated variations were alive and well.

According to the Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Murphy’s Law establishes the principle that whatever can possibly go wrong will!

Pieter Rautenbach
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