Historical Quotes From Dogmatic Thinking

“Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.”
     -Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology France, 1872


“And, with due respect for the cleanliness of the Viennese students, it seems improbable that enough infective matter or vapor could be secluded around the fingernails to kill a patient.” – Carl Edvard Marius Levy, obstetrician, professor and head of the Danish Maternity institution in Copenhagen, arguing against the need of doctors to disinfect their hands, 1848


“Fooling around with alternating current in just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.” -Thomas Edison, 1889


“I laughed till. . . my sides were sore.”
-Adam Sedgwick, British geologist in a letter to Darwin in regards to his theory of evolution, 1857


“Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.”
– Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre 1911


“To affirm that the aeroplane is going to ‘revolutionize’ naval warfare of the future is to be guilty of the wildest exaggeration.” -Scientific American, 1910


“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” – H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers Studios, 1927


“The whole procedure of shooting rockets into space. . . presents difficulties of so fundamental a nature, that we are forced to dismiss the notion as essentially impracticable, in spite of the author’s insistent appeal to put aside prejudice and to recollect the supposed impossibility of heavier-than-air flight before it was actually accomplished.” -Richard van der Riet Wooley, British astronomer 1936


“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


“Space travel is bunk” – Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of Britain, 1957, two weeks before the launch of Sputnik


“But what hell is it good for?” -Engineer Robert Lloyd, IBM 1968, commenting on the microchip


“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” -Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977


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