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Re: Most infamous "Last words":

by McDarren (Abbot)
on Aug 25, 2006 at 03:34 UTC ( #569506=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Most infamous "Last words":

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899

Note: As it says on that page, this one is probably a bit of an urban legend. But hey.... :)

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Re^2: Most infamous "Last words":
by swampyankee (Parson) on Aug 25, 2006 at 16:27 UTC

    Vaguely related are:

    Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
    Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895.

    Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.
    Simon Newcomb, 1902.

    ..and this rather disdainful one:

    The Americans cannot build aeroplanes. They are very good at refrigerators and razor blades.
    Hermann Goering, German Air Force Minister to Hitler, 1940.


    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

    Albert Einstein

      Makes you wonder what current assumptions will be proved wrong by our children

      You can't go faster than the speed of light" -- Silly Grandpa

      Eric Hodges

        You can't go faster than the speed of light" -- Silly Grandpa

        Admittedly, Grandpa's statements do carry too much weight. But, are they such empty formulations that you see to constantly make light of 'em?

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