Clarke’s Laws

Clarke’s First Law. 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.

Asimov’s Corollary. If a scientific heresy is ignored or denounced by the general public, there is a chance it may be right. If a scientific heresy is supported by the general public, it is almost certainly wrong.

Clarke’s Second Law. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way into the impossible.

Clarke’s Third Law. A sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke was a British science fiction writer whose works include Childhood’s End and the script for Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: a Space Odyssey.”  Isaac Asimov was an American science fiction writer best-known for the I, Robot and Foundation stories.


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