Past events that disproved the impossible: one person’s impossibility is another person’s possibility

(Image credit: In many areas of life, the study of things that were deemed “impossible”, actually opened up completely unexpected paths to greater human endeavors—especially in science and technology.

In many areas of life, the study of things that were deemed “impossible”, actually opened up completely unexpected domains in many human endeavors—especially science and technology.

Many events in recorded history have proven that what one person thought was “impossible”, was often regarded by another person as a “possibility”—actually, one person’s food is another person’s poison.

Past events that illustrate how people who studied the impossible, changed the course of world

It is sad to note that there were times in the past when certain reputable media outlets, professional bodies and scientists lacked positivity and belief, and declared that a number of scientific and technological ideas were hopelessly impossible:

The New York Times

During the 1920s and 1930s, Robert Goddard, who has been regarded as the founder of modern design & operation, was severely criticized by people who believed that rockets would never travel in space—in fact, they disdainfully called his pursuit “Goddard’s Folly”.

An unforgettable incident occurred in 1921 when the then editors of “The New York Times” made a disgraceful statement against Dr. Goddard’s work: “Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools”.

The editors believed it would be impossible to send rockets into space because there would be no air in space for rockets to push against.

Unfortunately for the unbelieving editors, there statements have been found to be misguided and worthless for over several decades after their unfair criticism and utterances.

Nineteenth century chemists

Chemists of the nineteenth century popularly declared that it would be impossible to find a substance—popularly known as “the philosopher’s stone”—that could turn lead into gold.

Back then, 19th century chemistry was based on the fundamental immutability of elements such as lead; fast forward to this generation and see the big difference because lead atoms can now be turned into gold.

Lord Kelvin

Lord Kelvin, who is widely regarded as a prominent physicist, declared that “heavier-than-air” devices such as aircraft, would not be able to fly; also, he assumed that X-rays were deceptive, a hoax, and that the idea of the “radio” would be fruitless and without a future.

It’s surprising to witness how much time has passed by, and yet all the things Kelvin thought were impossible, have become possible, and continue to remain so till date.

At the end of the nineteenth century, most scientists thought it was impossible for the Earth to be up to a billion years old. Lord Kelvin widely declared that molten Earth would take between 20 to 40 million years to cool down; his statement contradicted that of geologists/Darwinian biologists who claimed that the Earth could be up to a billion years old.

Finally, the impossible was proven to be possible after the discovery of nuclear force by Madame Curie and other scientists showed that if the center of the Earth is heated via radioactive decay, it could be kept in a molten state for billions of years—which the Earth’s age actually is.

Albert Einstein

Initially, in the 1930s, Albert Einstein believed it would be impossible to make an atomic bomb.

Atomic physicists had already known that there was an appreciable quantity of energy located deep within nuclei—in accordance with Einstein’s equation, E = mc2; however, they wrongly assumed that the energy in each nucleus was too insignificant to use in making an atomic bomb.

On the other hand, atomic physicist Leo Szilard remembered H. G. Wells prediction in a 1914 novel titled “The World Set Free”, in which Wells predicted the development of the atomic bomb.

According to the book, Wells believed that the secret behind the atomic bomb would be discovered by a physicist in 1933.

Fortunately for Szilard, after he came across Well’s book in 1932, it inspired him to develop an idea in 1933 by magnifying the power of a single atom through a chain reaction, so that the energy generated from splitting a single uranium nucleus could be magnified trillions of times, and employed in making the atomic bomb.

Szilard conducted more experiments and held secret negotiations with Einstein and then American President Franklin Roosevelt; this led to “The Manhattan Project” which was used to build the atomic bomb.

“Black holes” were once regarded as “science fiction”. In fact, Einstein wrote a paper in 1939 which “proved” that it would be impossible for black holes to be formed.

Yet, in the present-day, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray telescope have proven the existence of thousands of black holes in outer space.

Stephen Hawking

The great cosmologist Stephen Hawking tried to discover a new law of physics that would prove that time travel is impossible—he called his idea “chronology protection conjecture”.

Unfortunately, after many years of research, he was unable to disprove time travel. In fact, contrary to his idea, physicists have demonstrated that a law which would prevent time travel is beyond present-day reality.

And because there is no law that can prevent the existence of time machines, physicists see the possibility to create time machines and do time travel in the near future.


Each person has the power to believe in all types of possibilities and not be affected by the negative beliefs and influences of faithless reputable media outlets, professional bodies, people, and even great scientists.


Knowledge is power: the reason why certain technologies were deemed impossible was due to the obvious fact that some basic laws of natural science were unknown; this created huge gaps in the understanding of science back in the day—no wonder many scientific and technological ideas were considered impossible.

Throughout history, time and time again, people who studied things that were deemed “impossible”, stretched and broadened the boundaries of science and life, and inspired other scientists to believe that anything is “possible”.

The ideas and technologies that are regarded as “impossible” in the present-day, will become possible in a few years, decades, or centuries into the future. 

You may like to read other related articles on faith and possibilities via the following links:

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Faith: the superpower that materializes desires & gives new life to dying ambitions

Faith is stronger than experience—unfortunately, faith is not as cheap as experience

How faith comes, grows, and increasingly becomes stronger!

How to develop strong faith

How to influence your mind to attract your desires and a glorious afterlife

How to turn defeat into victory by experimenting with different things

The fight of faith: why give up when time comes to fight this important battle?

The type of faith that can deeply inspire you

There is magic in positive thinking—always think positively!

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Author: Ihagh G. T.

A former university lecturer who has a master's degree and writes on motivation and the environment, as they relate to the challenges and environmental issues that humanity has been facing.

45 thoughts on “Past events that disproved the impossible: one person’s impossibility is another person’s possibility”

    1. you are right… I believe the stars/universe dictate certain events to an extent… and if one person is not efficient enough to achieve a great task, another person will be chosen… hope your weekend is good


    1. Florence, thanks alot for your encouraging remark…I believe that spiritualists have been doing time travel for as long as has been possible; and I won’t be surprised if scientists one day design a machine that will make it possible for mankind to travel physically to any time period in history… the only thing I think might be difficult (not impossible) to do is for people to travel to the past or future and alter what had happened, or what would likely happen—as some science fiction movies depict….

      however, with GOD all things are possible, and if anyone believes in anything in their hearts, and doesn’t doubt, they can have whatsoever they wish…


    1. you’re welcome…funny enough, I’ve asked myself that question quite a number of times…there are many instances, but a real life instance of time travel is when clairvoyants, as they claim, travel in spirit to the scene of a crime (especially as shown on crime night, a tv program in the past on national geographic) and feel the same horrifying pains certain victims were cruelly subjected to during homicides…they say their spiritual journeys to the crime scenes in the past gives them useful information which they pass on to detectives, and successfully prosecute and convict offenders or killers


  1. I believe there are seers. They have this ability to vissualise the past and the future and its always possible through spiritual shift or trance, its common. Wizards travel spiritually too. It’s totally different from physical time machine which the scientists claim is possible in the future. To me if such comes to be, one MUST possess certain spiritual powers to be able to utilize it. I think it’s only God who can make physical time travel possible and I believe He can never totally leave such in the hands of man.

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  2. This article sure does open the mind to freedom to consider just about anything “Possible.”
    over decades, I’d concluded “If it is conceived of then it is potentially real.” I’ve grown to ignor and all encompassing and overly generalized statement that is often dehumanizing and marginalizing to the one to whom the statement is directed. “Common Sense” is a statement I HATE with a passion!!! Where ever two or more people come together from anywhere that is different, COMMON SENSE DOES NOT APPLY COMPLETELY…it is a very imperfect, unreliable and presumptuous statement the BEGS to be clarified with either a question or many many questions. It may never be used well in the company of any that are curious about life…and those that seek true knowledge, wisdom and any degree of helpful truth. As a bonus, “We’ve always done it this way,” is equally toxic and not helpful.
    I LOVE THIS ARTICLE, Ihagh!!! I love it.
    Thanks so much!!!!

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    1. you’re welcome Ian; thanks alot for your positive remark, encouraging words, and unique contribution and insights…

      this is such a great comment—and at the same time, idea:

      “if it is conceived of, then it is potentially real”…

      In my opinion, this comment expresses the highest power and possibilities which GOD has put in the hands of mankind…also, comments from an envoy as great as Jesus—shows that people can achieve whatever they conceive in their hearts…

      and I agree with you that it is not always healthy to say something is impossible on the basis of common/popular sense/notion… the possibilities of the mind are not designed to be bound/adhere to common sense or popular notion

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  3. Following the research on planetary age I find it interesting that many of the evolutionary changes could only have taken place over an extended amount of time. And, the geology is proving that the planet is much older than we hypothesized.
    It’s important to become loyal to your own truth, follow the path that others abandon, walk that path of your hearts making.

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    1. you are right…studies in geology are even more convincing than the general notion and information from religious texts…really its best for one to use their senses and follow their personal path that is based on self discoveries


  4. Hello G. T.

    I love the verses in the Bible that state nothing is impossible with God. How many inventors like George Washington Carver prayed for answers and got them. John in Revelation time traveled in the Spirit. So we know in time or eternity we will see impossible things happen when men trust the Lord for the answers.



    On Sun, Jun 16, 2019 at 12:07 AM Motivation & Environment wrote:

    > Ihagh G. T. posted: “In many areas of life, the study of things that were > deemed “impossible”, actually opened up completely unexpected domains in > many human endeavors—especially science and technology. Many events in > recorded history have proven that what one person thought ” >

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    1. thanks for the inspiring real life examples of George Washington Carver and John (The Revelation); their tales are clear examples of the realities out there, and the possibilities that human beings can experience or witness… and coupled with GOD, the possibilities can be much more boundless than anything ever imagined

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    1. really it’s shocking; it still shocks me when I read some of them because science & technology has cleared up alot of doubts, and still continues to grow stronger


  5. Humans have evolved overtime. If they can produce fire from stones in the stone age then they can do anything they want. Every new possibilty opens doors for more new possibilities.

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