They Laughed at Galileo: How the Great Inventors Proved Their Critics Wrong

 
9781472116642: They Laughed at Galileo: How the Great Inventors Proved Their Critics Wrong

A humorous account of great inventors and their critics who predicted failure.

They Laughed at Galileo takes a humorous and reflective look at one thousand years of the development of humankind: those who dreamt, those who taught, those who opposed, and those who, ultimately, did.

At some point in modern history, each and every one of our inventions and discoveries was first envisioned and then developed by a single person, or a handful of people, who dreamt of the seemingly impossible. For them, the future was clear and obvious, but for the vast majority, including the acknowledged experts of their days, such belief was sheer folly.

For just about everything that has improved our modern lifestyles in a way that our ancestors could not possibly imagine, there was once a lone dreamer proclaiming, It can be done.” That dreamer was nearly always opposed by a team of enlightened” contemporaries publicly declaring, It cannot be done.” Well, yes it could.

Marconi’s wireless radio transmissions were initially deemed pointless. Edward L. Drake’s eventual success on August 27, 1859, was called the day the crazy man first struck oil.” Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs was considered a ridiculous fiction.” Each of these inventions has had a profound effect on the course of human history, and each one was rejected, resisted, and ridiculed in its day. Ultimately, the innovators who brought these into existence provided invaluable contributions to science and the culture of humankind.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Albert Jack is a writer and historian. His first book Red Herrings and White Elephants explored the origins of well-known idioms and phrases and became an international best-seller in 2004. It was serialized in the Sunday Times and remained on their best-seller list for sixteen straight months. He followed this up with a series of other popular titles including Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep, Pop Goes the Weasel, What Caesar did for my Salad & They Laughed at Galileo.

Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Albert has become an expert at explaining the unexplained, enriching millions of dinner table conversations and ending bar room quarrels the world over. He is now a veteran of hundreds of live television shows and thousands of radio programs worldwide. Albert lives somewhere between Guildford in England and Bangkok in Thailand.

OTHER BOOKS BY ALBERT JACK

Red Herrings and White Elephants
Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep
Phantom Hitchhikers
Loch Ness Monsters and Other World Mysteries
Pop Goes the Weasel
The Old Dock and Duck
What Caesar Did for my Salad
Black Sheep and Lame Ducks
It's a Wonderful Word
Money for Old Rope Part 1
Money for Old Rope Part 2
The Jam: Sounds From the Street
Want to be a Writer?
Last Man in London
Rose Versus Thistle
They Laughed at Galileo
The Greatest Generation - Diary of a 1st & 6th Airborne Paratrooper
Debt Freedom Program

albertjack.com (Official Website)
albertjackchat.com (Downloads & Updates - Join Mailing List) 
albertjackchat (facebook & twitter)

info@albertjack.com

Review:

"A delightful book about perseverance in the face of criticism, arrogance, elitism, and sometimes almost startling ignorance...Informative and entertaining." —Booklist

"Jack provides excellent conversation starters for your next cocktail party." —Library Journal

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Jack, Albert
Published by Constable (2015)
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Wormhill Books
(Hereford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Constable, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy. Priority orders will be dispatched by 1st Class post, heavier or thicker items by courier. Standard mail will be dispatched by 2nd Class post; heavier items by courier. Overseas orders will be dispatched by priority airmail. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000017252

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 2.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Albert Jack
Published by Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. From the wireless to the computer, and from hula hoops to interplanetary travel, inventions and discoveries have changed our lifestyles in ways that would have astounded our ancestors. Each of them was originally developed by visionaries who dreamt of the seemingly impossible, but who were opposed by an array of experts publicly declaring that `It cannot be done. Well, yes it could . . . And here s the story of how those dreamers overcame the odds against them. Bookseller Inventory # AA29781472116642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Albert Jack
Published by Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. From the wireless to the computer, and from hula hoops to interplanetary travel, inventions and discoveries have changed our lifestyles in ways that would have astounded our ancestors. Each of them was originally developed by visionaries who dreamt of the seemingly impossible, but who were opposed by an array of experts publicly declaring that `It cannot be done. Well, yes it could . . . And here s the story of how those dreamers overcame the odds against them. Bookseller Inventory # AA29781472116642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Jack, Albert
Published by Constable (2015)
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Rating
[?]

Book Description Constable, 2015. Book Condition: New. That will never work. The new title from the author behind Red Herrings and White Elephants. Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: PDZ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 207 x 135 x 28. Weight in Grams: 344. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9781472116642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Jack, Albert
Published by Constable
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Constable. Book Condition: New. That will never work. The new title from the author behind Red Herrings and White Elephants. Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: PDZ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 207 x 135 x 28. Weight in Grams: 344. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781472116642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Jack Albert
Published by Constable & Robinson Ltd.
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Constable & Robinson Ltd. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 322561946

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.33
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Jack, Albert
Published by Little, Brown Book Group (2015)
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 2015. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # FX-9781472116642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Albert Jack
Published by Little, Brown 2015-05-07, London (2015)
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown 2015-05-07, London, 2015. hardback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9781472116642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Albert Jack
Published by Constable
ISBN 10: 147211664X ISBN 13: 9781472116642
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Constable. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk147211664X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds