Monday, December 10, 2012

Eat your words- III

17. "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.

18. "You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of
weight training."  --Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable"
problem by inventing Nautilus.

19. "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.

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

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

22. "Everything that can be invented has been invented."  --Charles H. Duell,
Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

23. "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction".  --Pierre Pachet,
Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

24. "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 1873.

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