Quotes - Not Ordinary Ones.

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  1. Talker

    Talker Hall of Fame

    Oct 4, 2007
    Here's some interesting quotes.

    “..so many centuries after the Creation it is unlikely that anyone could
    find hitherto unknown lands of any value.” - committee advising Ferdinand
    and Isabella regarding Columbus’ proposal, 1486

    “I would sooner believe that two Yankee professors lied, than that stones
    fell from the sky” - Thomas Jefferson, 1807 on hearing an eyewitness
    report of falling meteorites.

    “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil?
    You’re crazy.” - Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his
    project to drill for oil in 1859.

    “Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.” - Pierre
    Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

    “The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the
    intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.” - Sir John Eric Ericksen,
    British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria

    “Such startling announcements as these should be depreciated as being
    unworthy of science and mischievious to to its true progress” - Sir
    William Siemens, 1880, on Edison’s announcement of a successful light bulb.

    “We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.” -
    Simon Newcomb, astronomer, 1888

    “Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody
    will use it, ever.” - Thomas Edison, 1889

    “The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have
    all been discovered, and these are now so firmly established that the
    possibility of their ever being supplanted in consequence of new
    discoveries is exceedingly remote…. Our future discoveries must be
    looked for in the sixth place of decimals.” - physicist Albert. A.
    Michelson, 1894

    “It is apparent to me that the possibilities of the aeroplane, which two
    or three years ago were thought to hold the solution to the [flying
    machine] problem, have been exhausted, and that we must turn elsewhere.”
    - Thomas Edison, 1895

    “The demonstration that no possible combination of known substances, known
    forms of machinery, and known forms of force can be united in a
    practicable machine by which men shall fly for long distances through the
    air, seems to the writer as complete as it is possible for the
    demonstration of any physical fact to be.” - astronomer S. Newcomb, 1906

    “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” - Marechal
    Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, 1911

    “Caterpillar landships are idiotic and useless. Those officers and men
    are wasting their time and are not pulling their proper weight in the war”
    - Fourth Lord of the British Admiralty, 1915, in regards to use of tanks
    in war.

    “Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and
    reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against
    which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily
    in high schools.” - 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert
    Goddard’s revolutionary rocket work.

    “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who
    would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” - David
    Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the
    radio in the 1920s.

    “All a trick.” “A Mere Mountebank.” “Absolute swindler.” “Doesn’t know
    what he’s about.” “What’s the good of it?” “What useful purpose will it
    serve?” - Members of Britain’s Royal Society, 1926, after a demonstration
    of television.

    “This foolish idea of shooting at the moon is an example of the absurd
    lengths to which vicious specialisation will carry scientists.”
    -A.W. Bickerton, physicist, NZ, 1926

    “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” -
    Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

    “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be
    obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at
    will.” — Albert Einstein, 1932

    “The energy produced by the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who
    expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is
    talking moonshine” - Ernst Rutherford, 1933

    “The whole procedure [of shooting rockets into space]…presents
    difficulties of so fundamental a nature, that we are forced to dismiss the
    notion as essentially impracticable, in spite of the author’s insistent
    appeal to put aside prejudice and to recollect the supposed impossibility
    of heavier-than-air flight before it was actually accomplished.” Richard
    van der Riet Wooley, British astronomer, reviewing P.E. Cleator’s “Rockets
    in Space”, Nature, March 14, 1936

    “Space travel is utter bilge!” -Sir Richard Van Der Riet Wolley, astronomer

    “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” - Popular
    Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

    “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked
    with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a
    fad that won’t last out the year.” - The editor in charge of business
    books for Prentice Hall, 1957

    “Space travel is bunk” -Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of
    Britain, 1957, two weeks before the launch of Sputnik

    “There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be
    used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio
    service inside the United States.” -T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, 1961

    “But what… is it good for?” - Engineer at the Advanced Computing
    Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

    “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” - Ken
    Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,
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  2. cucio

    cucio Legend

    May 13, 2007
    LOL, epic fail, except perhaps 9) which doesn't really belong among these, since it is properly qualified and nowhere as categorical as the rest. For instance, Newton's mechanics still remain valid in a wide range of situations, despite being useless at very large or very small scales. I guess one could still argue whether relativity or quantum mechanics are either "important and fundamental" or "sixth decimal stuff", compared to traditional mechanics, optics and electromagnetism.

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  3. hollywood9826

    hollywood9826 Hall of Fame

    Feb 13, 2008
    Havre de Grace, MD
    Number 8 is funny because in Assasins creed two thier is saying Edison was trying to debunk Teslas AC power and they shows a video of AC power electrocuting an elphant.

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