Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On Murphy's Law...

... which simply states (with some manipulation) that if one were to come up with an important law about engineering design and treat it only with complete seriousness, then that law will be eternally misquoted and misapplied in a light-hearted manner.

It is truly ironic that the aerospace engineer, Edward Aloysius Murphy, Jr., who came up with a serious law of defensive engineering design - stating that when designing something, one should always assume that the design will have to endure the worst possible scenario that could possibly occur - will always be cursed whenever an unconsidered worst case scenario occurs.

Whenever some plan goes wrong, and someone screams "Damn you, Murphy!", I can't help but wonder, if old Murphy is up there watching, mumbling "Told you so..."
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