Who was Murphy?

Someone asked “Who was Murphy of Murphy's law?” The answer is available at a Murphy's law site. Though it says Murphy didn't originally say it. (Maybe he wrote it?)

Interesting stuff.

If you don't want to leave the blog, here's what the site says.

Born in 1917, Edward A. Murphy, Jr. was one of? the engineers on the rocket-sled experiments that were done by the United States?Air Force in 1949 to test human acceleration tolerances (USAF project MX981).

One experiment involved a set of 16 accelerometers mounted to different parts? of the subject's body. There were two ways each sensor could be glued to its? mount. Of course, somebody managed to install all 16 the wrong way around.

Murphy then made the original form of his pronouncement, which the test?subject (Major John Paul Stapp) quoted at a news conference a few days later.

Within months, “Murphy's Law” had spread to various technical cultures connected to aerospace engineering, and finally reached the Webster's dictionary? in 1958.

Tragically (and perhaps typically), the popular cliche we call “Murphy's Law”? was never uttered by Edward Murphy.

Murphy's Law applies to Murphy's Law, too

The traditional version of? Murphy's Law (“anything that can go wrong, will”) is actually “Finagle's? Law of Dynamic Negatives.” Finagle's Law was popularized by science? fiction author Larry Niven in several stories depicting a frontier culture of? asteroid miners; this “Belter” culture professed a religion and/or running joke? involving the worship of the dread god Finagl and his mad prophet Murphy.

Since then, the relentless truth inherent in Murphy's Law has become a persistent thorn in the side of humanity.

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