Experimental Laws

FINAGLES RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENTS

1.	If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
2.	Always keep a record of your data. It indicates that you have been 
        working.
3.	Always draw your curves first, then plot your data.
4.	Experiments should be reproduceable - They should all fail in the 
        same way.
5.	In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
6.	Do not believe in miracles -  Rely on them.
7.	Teamwork is essential.  It allows you to blame someone else.
8.	No experiment is a complete failure.  At least it can serve as a 
        negative example

ANTHONY'S LAW OF FORCE

Don't' force it - get a larger hammer
If it jams, force it.  If it breaks  -  it needed replacing anyway

ALLAN'S LAW OF FORCE

If it doesn't fit, you're not hitting it hard enough.

LAW OF CONSTRUCTION

Cut it large and kick it into place.

HARTLEY'S LAW

You can lead a horse to water but, if you can get it to float on its back, 
then you've got something.
The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone he can 
blame it on.

HAWKIN'S THEORY

Progress consists of replacing a theory that is wrong with one that is 
more subtlely wrong.

LAW OF LIFE'S HIGHWAY

If everything is coming your way then you are in the wrong lane.
A crisis is when you can't say "Let's just forget the whole thing."

RAY'S LAW OF PRECISION

Measure with a micrometer.......mark with chalk....cut with an axe.

Thanks to Robert Taylor for this contribution

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