Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Murphy's Laws of Science and Research

1. The probability of losing a sample is proportional to the time taken to make it.
2. Nothing can be measured accurately during normal working hours. Stable measurements only occur between midnight and 6 am.
3. The wage of the scientist is inversely proportional to the number of experiments performed.
4. The single dust particle in the clean room will always end up in your experiment.
5. The instrument will not work until 5 minutes before closing time.
6. Complex problems have simple, easy to understand wrong answers (Grossman on Mencken).