"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
- Charles Duell
, head of the U.S. Patent Office, 1899
are a hoax."
- Lord Kelvin
, physicist, c. 1900
BUILD TWO IMMENSE CANALS IN TWO YEARS
- New York Times
headline, Aug. 27, 1911
"The chemical purity of the air is of no importance."
- L. Erskine Hill
, lecturer in physiology at London
"The radio craze... will die out in time."
- Thomas Edison
"While theorietically and technically television
may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility."
- Lee DeForest
, inventor of the Audion tube
) the relativity theory will be considered a joke."
- George Francis Gilette
, American engineer, 1929
"50 years hence... (we
) shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium."
- Winston Churchill
"I think there is a world market for about 5 computers."
- Thomas Watson
, chairman of IBM
"The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives."
- Admiral William Daniel Leahy
, advising President Truman
on the U.S. atom-bomb
"Space travel is utter bilge."
- Richard van der Riet Wooley
, on assuming the post of British Astronomer Royal
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home."
- Ken Olson
, president of Digital Equipment Corp.
"640K of memory
ought to be enough for anybody."
- Bill Gates
, CEO of Microsoft
"The cloning of mammals... is biologically impossible."
- James McGrath
and Davor Solter
, writing in Scence
, Dec. 14, 1984
From The Experts Speak
by Christopher Cerf
and Victor Navasky