Amara’s law — We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.
Bradford’s law — a pattern described by Samuel C. Bradford in 1934 that estimates the exponentially diminishing returns of extending a library search.
Brooks’ law — Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
Clarke’s three laws — Formulated by Arthur C. Clarke. Several corollaries to these laws have also been proposed.
First law: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Second law: The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Third law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (I loved this one and it’s true) (more…)