list of eponymous laws


  • Amara's law - "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run". Proposed by Roy Amara.
  • Amdahl's law - Used to find out the maximum expected improvement to an overall system when only a part of it is improved. Named after Gene Amdahl (born 1922)
  • Ampère's law - In physics, it relates the circulating magnetic field in a closed loop to the electric current passing through the loop. Discovered by André-Marie Ampère.
  • Asimov's three laws of robotics - also called, more simply, the Three Rules of Robotics, a set of rules which the fictional robots appearing in the writings of Isaac Asimov (1920.1992) must obey.
    • First law: A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    • Second law: A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    • Third law: A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Subsequently, a Zeroth Law was added to precede these three: A robot may not injure humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.