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" When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. "
The Big Book of Duh: A Bathroom Book - Page 298
by Bob Fenster - 2007 - 352 pages
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Economic Concentration, Volumes 2-4

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly - Big business - 1964 - 2 pages
...therefore, what has come to be known as Clarke's law (after the British author, Arthur C. Clarke) : When a distinguished but elderly scientist states...When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong.30 Knowledge is therefore ambivalent. Without it, the inventor is not likely to be able...
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The Michigan Technic, Volumes 93-95

Engineering - 1974
...and predict the future can succeed. Clarke has summed the matter up quite well in the Clarke's Law: "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states...something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." Note: "elderly" today in physics, mathematics, and astronautics means anyone over thirty, according...
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People in Space: Policy Perspectives for a "Star Wars" Century

James Everett Katz - Political Science - 222 pages
...here is an example of Arthur C. Clarke's first law of prophecy: "When a distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." There will come a time in the not-too-distant...
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The Seven Pillories of Wisdom

David R. Hall - Religion - 1990 - 137 pages
...believe that they can define what is impossible. They can fail to take note of Arthur C. Clarke's law: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states...something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. 24 Take, for example, the attitude of some eighteenth-century scientists to reports that meteorites...
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A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

Alan L. Mackay - Science - 1991 - 312 pages
...Lecture on the growth of TV. In London Review of Hooks 1984 6 no 1, p 5 Arthur Charles Clarke 191778 When a distinguished but elderly scientist states...something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. (Clarke's First Law.) Time 15 February 1971 79 How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when clearly...
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Artificial Intelligence in the Pacific Rim

Hozumi Tanaka - Mathematics - 1991 - 940 pages
...reminisent of the science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke's "first law". This says something like :"when a distinguished but elderly scientist states...something is impossible, he is very probably wrong". Elderly, distinguished scientists become very conscious of difficulties, and so it is often the ignorant...
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Probable Tomorrows: How Science and Technology Will Transform Our Lives in ...

Marvin Cetron, Owen Davies - Technology & Engineering - 1997 - 352 pages
...(Harper & Row, 1963), in a chapter discussing failures of the imagination, he promulgated Clarke's Law: "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states...something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." Lest anyone misunderstand, he added, "Perhaps the adjective 'elderly' requires definition. In physics,...
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Funktionalmarkt-Konzept zum strategischen Management prinzipieller ...

Werner Pfeiffer - History - 1997 - 222 pages
...Dies ist auch die im Kern richtige Botschaft des sonst zu pessimistischen „Clarke's Law". Es besagt: „When a distinguished but elderly scientist states...something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." 107 Aber genau diese grundlegenden Kenntnisse über den Zukunftsmarkt werden zur Beurteilung der Relevanz...
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Laser: Light of a Million Uses

Jeff Hecht, Dick Teresi - Science - 1998 - 264 pages
...the phenomenon known as Clarke's First Law, after science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote: "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states...something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." (For the purposes of discussion in his book Profiles of the Future, Clarke defined an "elderly" physicist...
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Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!: Collected Essays, 1934-1998

Arthur C. Clarke - Science - 2001 - 576 pages
...can clog the wheels of imagination. I have tried to embody this fact of observation in Clarke's law: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states...something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. Perhaps the adjective elderly requires definition. In physics, mathematics, and astronautics it means...
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