“The bomb won’t ever go off. I converse as an skilled in explosive.”
Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project
“There isn’t a likehood man can ever faucet the facility of the atom.”
Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923
“Computer systems sooner or later might weigh not more than 1.5 tons.”
In style Mechanics, 1949
“I believe there’s a world marketplace for perhaps 5 computer systems.”
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
“However what’s it good for?”
Engineer on the Superior Computing Methods Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
“640K should be sufficient for anyone.”
Bill Gates, Microsoft, 1981
“There isn’t a cause anybody would need a pc of their dwelling.”
Ken Olson, Founding father of Digital Tools Corp., 1977
“This ‘phone’ has too many shortcomings to be critically thought-about as a way of communication. The gadget is inherently of no worth to us.”
Western Union inside memo, 1876.
“The wi-fi music field has no possible industrial worth. Who would pay for a message despatched to no one particularly?” David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for funding within the radio within the Nineteen Twenties.
“I am simply glad it’s going to be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and never Gary Cooper.”
Gary Cooper on his resolution to not take the main function in “Gone With The Wind.”
“We do not like their sound, and guitar music is on the way in which out.”
Decca Recording Firm rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”
Lord Kelvin, president, British Royal Society, 1895.
“Aeroplanes are attention-grabbing toys however of no navy worth.”
Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Technique, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
“If I had thought of it, I would not have performed the experiment. The literature was filled with examples that mentioned you possibly can’t do that.”
Spencer Silver on the work that led to the distinctive adhesives for 3-M “Submit-It” Notepads.
“So we went to Atari and mentioned, ‘Hey, we have this superb factor, even constructed with a few of your elements, and what do you consider funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We simply wish to do it. Pay our wage, we’ll come be just right for you.’ They usually mentioned, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, they usually mentioned, ‘Hey, we do not want you. You have not received by school but.'”
Apple Computers founder Steve Jobs on makes an attempt to get Atari and H-P considering his and Steve Wozniak’s private pc.
“Professor Goddard doesn’t know the relation between motion and response and the necessity to have one thing higher than a vacuum towards which to react. He appears to lack the essential information ladled out each day in excessive colleges.”
1921 New York Instances editorial about Robert Goddard’s revolutionary rocket work.
“Drill for oil? You imply drill into the bottom to try to discover oil? You are loopy.”
Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his undertaking to drill for oil in 1859.
“Louis Pasteur’s principle of germs is ridiculous fiction.”
Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
“The stomach, the chest, and the mind will perpetually be shut from the intrusion of the smart and humane surgeon.”
Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.