We should know by now not to trust a scientist when they utter the phrase “that is impossible”. I am no Albert Einstein but, thanks to hindsight, I can sit here and state that he was wrong in some regards.
The internet is rife with lists and examples of disproven theories and failed predictions.
- 1943 – T Watson, President IBM “I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.”
- 1895 – Lord Kelvin, father of the Law of Thermodynamics “Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.”
- 1934 – Albert Einstein “There is not the slightest indication that [nuclear energy] will ever be attainable.”
- 1920 – Lee De Forest, Inventor of the vacuum tube, pioneer in modern electronics talking about space travel “Such a manmade voyage will never occur in spite of all future advances.”