Last couple of days I was reading an interesting book written by one of my favorite modern scientist Michio Kaku: “Physics of the impossible”. I’ve listed quotes of some of the greatest scientists in human history. I found sad and ridiculous that even today as we are closer than ever to make a civilization breakthrough with what scientist like to call “The theory of everything” many of our leaders, artist, even scientist dare to announce something similar to these nonsences!
“Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” – Lord Kelvin, 1899
“The atomic bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.” – Admiral William Leahy
What about the fact that one of the greatest English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist of 20th century, Alan Turing died of cyanide poisoning after he had to take horrible hormone therapy just because it was against the law in early 50s to be homosexual in Great Britain. If it wasn’t for him we might be still living in Nazi world and yet it took another 50 years until prime-minister to the GB made public apology in 2009 to shameful treatment Turing experienced!?
It is not hard to find in the news similar statements almost every day like the one that LHC will create black hole here on Earth or that Higgs boson is a hoax? And yet in the past 20 years we learned more about universe than throughout the entire human history.
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and new generation grows up that is familiar with it” sad Max Planck not long ago.