Does anyone out there know anything about the various statements purporting to be Ehrlich’s Law? I was researching a German scientist named Ehrlich when I came across this in Wikipedia:
Ehrlich’s Law:Â “People pay way too much attention to things that are easily quantified.”
Seemed a perfectly reasonable thing to say, very John Allen Paulos. So I tried to look into it. Wikipedia drew a blank. Answers.com did the same. So I googled it and found that Ehrlich the quote-writer was a busy person indeed. There wasn’t just one Ehrlich’s Law, there was a litter of them. Included in that litter were:
- The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.
- It is a mistake to allow any mechanical object to realize that you are in a hurry.
Many Ehrlichs. Many quotations. No hard facts. Any ideas out there?