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Two months before the Wright brothers' historic flight at Kitty Hawk, a top scientist declared that "no possible combination of known substances can be united in a practical [flying] machine..."
Germ theory was first advanced in ancient Sanskrit texts thousands of years ago, but wasn't widely accepted until late in the 19th century.
Space travel was declared "utter bilge" in 1956 by the British Astronomer Royal, one of a long line of scientists who "proved" it was impossible.
Throughout history, it has been difficult, even impossible, to promote the acceptance of new discoveries. Yet during the last two centuries, there has been a veritable explosion of new cures, theories, techniques, and inventions that have revolutionized aviation, space travel, communications, medicine, and warfare. Most of them, of course, were deemed "impossible."
Science Was Wrong is a fascinating collection of stories about the pioneers who created or thought up the "impossible" cures, theories, and inventions "they" said couldn't work.
1 Aviation 15
2 Space 29
3 Jupiter and Earth 41
4 Communications 55
5 Cold Fusion or Fraud? 67
6 Politics, Personalities, and Childbed Fever 81
7 The Smallpox Wars 95
8 The Hemophilia Holocaust 109
9 The Eugenics Movement in America 125
10 Methyl-Mercury in the Food Chain 139
11 Global Warming: Man or Nature? 155
Frontiers of Science
12 Extraordinary Visual Feats: Psi Phenomena 169
13 UFOs 183
14 The Conundrum of Alien Abduction 197
About the Author 253