ALBERT EINSTEIN REMARKED IN 1932 THAT "THERE IS NOT THE slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable." Thomas Edison thought alternating current would be a waste of time. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once predicted, when he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy, that airplanes would never be useful in battle against a fleet of ships. There's nothing like the passage of time to make the world's smartest people look like complete idiots. So let's look at a few more. In 1883 Lord Kelvin, president of the Royal Society and no mean scientist himself, predicted that "X rays will prove to...
Forecasting: FORWARD THINKING
Oracles, futurists, visionaries--some people make their living by trying to divine the shape of things to come before anybody else. And we all avidly await their predictions
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