Weird Laws of the World

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  1. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    No, not "funny laws". I mean actual Laws - scientific or not.

    Stigler's Law:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigler's_law

    "No scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer."

    In other words, every discovery in science is attributed to someone who was not the original creator.

    Eg. Stigler's Law was in fact discovered by the sociologist Robert K. Merton, not by Stigler himself.


    Benford's Law:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benford's_law

    In most real-world sets of data, the number 1 will be the most common first digit, at about 30% of the time.


    Law of Large Numbers:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_large_numbers

    The bigger the sample, the greater the chances of an equal distribution between possible results (according to its chances of being acquired).

    Eg. If you throw a die 6000000 times, the odds of you getting an equal number of results 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are much greater than if you only throw it 6 times.



    They don't seem to make much sense, right? Even with the proofs behind it!

    What other weird rules are you familiar with?
     
  2. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    The LLN is not strange to me at all. lol. Then again I focused on math like that heavily for the last year.
     
  3. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    By "Weird Laws" I don't mean if they are not well known, but rather that they are somewhat hard to swallow (I mean, take Stigler's Law - it is actually a LAW?!?!)
     

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