“… 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]
“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. Nobody will use it, ever.” [Thomas Edison, 1889]
“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]
“[W]hen the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more be heard of.” – Erasmus Wilson (1878) Professor at Oxford University
“This `telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a practical form of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” – Western Union internal memo, 1878
“Radio has no future.” – Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), British mathematician and physicist, ca. 1897.
“Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” – Dr. Dionysus Lardner (1793-1859), Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at University College, London.
~Steve~ H/T May