COLD FUSION TIMES
INFORMATION FOR SKEPTICS
What is believed to be "common
Consider the following quotes denying
the existence of, or impact of, innovations and discoveries of their
"... after a few more flashes in the pan, we shall hear very little more of Edison or his electric lamp. Every claim he makes has been tested and proved impracticable."
[New York Times, January 16, 1880]
"Professor Goddard ... does not know the relation of action to reaction ... he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in our high schools"
[New York Times, January 13, 1920]
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
[Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895]
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
[Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre]
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
[Thomas Watson, chairman IBM, 1943]
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
[Ken Olson, Chairman and founder Digital Equipment Corp., 1977]
"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
[Bill Gates, 1981]
"Fooling around with alternating current
is just a waste of time.
"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]
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
[Decca Recording Co. turning down the Beatles, 1962]
"I would sooner believe that two Yankee professors lied,
than that stones fell from the sky"
[Thomas Jefferson, on hearing the report of a meteorite fall]
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
[Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872]