Murphy's Law

What is Murphy’s Law?

Welcome to the world of Murphy’s Law. It is a very optimistic law, stating if anything can go wrong, it will. If it can’t go wrong, it will go wrong anyway. This is the basic premise of Murphy’s Law. Murphy’s law states that “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.

Another allegedly correct and original reading of Murphy’s Law is that if there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it. But the statement that best expresses the explosive nature of Murphy’s Law is undoubtedly the idea that you will inevitably make the wrong choice whatever you decide, and it may just be right. This isn’t because of some mysterious power the law possesses.

In reality, we can give relevance to Murphy’s Law in our day-to-day life. When things go well, little is made of it. After all, we expect that things should work out in our favour. But when life goes badly, we look for reasons. It’s food for thought, but there is no evidence to support Murphy’s Law itself – it’s all down to perception. The law captures our imagination.

Example of Murphy’s Law:

There are countless examples in today’s culture which has been accepted throughout the world, for example, that bread will always land butter-side down when dropped, that there will be rain as soon as you wash your car, and that when queuing, the other line will always move faster.

Many people will naturally interpret this law as a pessimistic view of life. In fact, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Losers can take advantage of a good knowledge of Murphy’s Law to help better prepare for the unexpected problems and challenges that life throws our way.

Murphy’s law helps us to analyse and prepare for the future. It assists in project planning by analysing the risk. It incorporates practical creativity by discovering the other way of thinking,  predicting something will go wrong. Practically makes us ready with plan B.

To learn more about various other Basic Laws of Physics,  click on the link. You can also check NCERT Solutions for the same for CBSE Physics.

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