Famous Laws and Principles Named After People

Name these laws, principles, adages, and other succinct observations or predictions named after a person. Sometimes the person themselves created the law. Other times a different person named it after that person.
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Last updated: July 21, 2023
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Law or Principle
Named After
In a triangle, the square of the hypotenuse equals the square of the other two sides added together.
Pythagorean theorem
Pythagoras of Samos (c.570–c.495 BC)
The upward buoyant force exerted on a body is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces.
Archimedes' principle
Archimedes of Syracuse (c.287–c.212 BC)
Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity. Or, the simplest explanation is usually the best one.
Occam's razor
William of Ockham (1287–1347)
Includes: The orbit of a planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one of the two foci.
Kepler's laws of planetary motion
Johannes Kepler (1571–1630)
Includes: Objects remains at constant velocity unless acted on by an outside force.
Newton's laws of motion
Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727)
As the speed of a moving fluid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases.
Bernoulli's principle
Daniel Bernoulli (1700–1782)
The current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the voltage across the two points.
Ohm's law
Georg Ohm (1789–1854)
An organism has a pair of genes, one from each parent. It passes down only one to each offspring.
Mendel's laws
Gregor Mendel (1822–1884)
The maximum working distance of an antenna varies as the square of its height.
Marconi's law
Guglielmo Marconi (1874–1937)
The farther away galaxies are from Earth, the faster they are moving away.
Hubble's law
Edwin Hubble (1889–1953)
The more precisely the position of a particle is measured, the less precisely its momentum can be known.
Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976)
Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Murphy's law
Edward A. Murphy Jr. (1918–1990)
Includes: A robot may not injure a human or allow a human to come to harm.
Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics
Isaac Asimov (1920–1992)
The number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles about every two years.
Moore's law
Gordon Moore (1929–)
Level 80
Jul 25, 2023
Awesome quiz! Not usually my forte but I enjoyed it!
Level 85
Jul 25, 2023
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