SOME RULES SHOULD BEBROKEN. AND WHEN THEY ARE,SURPRISING NEW DISCOVERIESAND WAYS OF DOING THINGSEMERGE. THIS ONLY HAPPENS WHEN WE CHALLENGE THE COMMON SENSE VIEW OF THINGS… LEAVE IT TOO LONG AND HISTORY MOCKS YOU…
So many centuries aftercreation, it is unlikely thatanyone could find hithertounknown lands of any value.(King Ferdinand and QueenIsabella on Columbus’s planto find a shorter route tothe Indies.) Far too noisy, my dear Mozart. Far too many notes. (Emperor Joseph II, 1786)
No woman will in my Drill for oil? You mean drill into time be prime the ground and try to find oil? minister. (Margaret You’re crazy! (Response from Thatcher, 1969) drilling company executives to oil industry pioneer Edwin Drake, 1859)You will never amount tovery much. (A primaryschool teacher to AlbertEinstein)
Rail travel at high speed is notpossible, because passengers, My imagination refuses to seeunable to breathe, would die of any sort of submarine doingasphyxia. (D. Lardy, 1835 – Irish anything but suffocating its crewastronomer, philosopher and and floundering at sea. (HGprofessor) Wells, 1901)The telephone has too manyshortcomings to be seriously Anyone who expects a sourceconsidered as a means of of power from thecommunication. (Corporate memo transformation of the atom isfrom telegraph operator Western talking moonshine. (NobelUnion, 1876) laureate Lord Rutherford, 1933)
I think there is aworld market forabout 5computers. (IBMChairman, Computers inThomas Watson, the future may1943) weigh no more than 1.5 tons. (Popular But what’s it good Mechanics, for? (IBM engineer, 1949) 1968, on the invention of the microchip)
Professor Goddard seems to No flying machinelack the knowledge ladled out will ever fly fromdaily at high schools. (NY Times New York to Paris.editorial refuting the notion (Orville Wright, 1908)that rocket science pioneerRobert Goddard’s inventions Space travel is uttercould actually travel in space.) bilge. (R. van der Riet Woolley, Royal Astronomer, 1956 … aMan will not fly for 50 years. year later, the Russians(Wilbur Wright, 1901) launched Sputnik.)
IF YOU NEVER TRY TOBREAK OUT OF OLDHABITS, YOU’LL NEVERDISCOVER ANYTHINGNEW…
IN TEACHING, THERE IS ONLY REALLY ONE RULE… THE OXY-10 RULE: FIRST DO NO HARM.THERE ARE A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER RULES THAT SEEMTO HAVE A SOLID BASIS. BUT DO THEY REALLY?LET’S TRY BREAKING A FEW IN OUR IMAGINATIONS ANDSEE IF ANYTHING GOOD COMES OF IT…
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