Sciences in the Media — New York Times editorial : “A Severe Strain on Credulity” (January 13, 1920)

“After the rocket quits our air and really starts on its longer journey, its flight would be neither accelerated nor maintained by the explosion of the charges it then might have left. To claim that it would be is to deny a fundamental law of dynamics, and only Dr. Einstein and his chosen dozen, so few and fit, are licensed to do that. … Of course, Goddard only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.”

New York Times editorial (January 13, 1920)

May 16 2021 — A few days ago, I wrote that Journalist William J. Broad just penned the worst “science piece” since The New York Times argued that a rocket could not reach the moon because there is no atmosphere to push against. Some people asked me what this comment is all about? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

Carl Sagan — The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

On January 13, 1920, an unsigned New York Times editorial ridiculed Professor Goddard’s proposal to launch rockets beyond the atmosphere.

The basis of that criticism was the erroneous belief that thrust was produced by the rocket exhaust pushing against the atmosphere.

Forty-nine years after its editorial mocking Goddard, on July 17, 1969 — the day after the launch of Apollo 11 — The New York Times published a short item under the headline “A Correction.”

The three-paragraph statement summarized its 1920 editorial and concluded:

“Further investigation and experimentation have confirmed the findings of Isaac Newton in the 17th Century and it is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum as well as in an atmosphere. The Times regrets the error.”

A century later, nothing has changed. The clowns writing about 5G and the “Havana Syndrome” know absolutely nothing about sciences.

Just like they had no understanding of Newton’s (17th Century) equations when they mocked Professor Goddard in their 1920 editorial, the journalists writing about microwave attacks, electromagnetic health and safety have zero understanding of Maxwell (18th Century) equations.

I am afraid that the combustible mixture of ignorance and power has already been ignited and it will blow up in your face. As Dr. Yuri Grigoriev has worked so hard to explain: “Man has conquered the Black Plague, but he has created new problems — EMF pollution.”

“The only barrier to human development is ignorance, and this is not insurmountable.”

Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard

The Story of Robert Goddard, Father of Modern Rocketry

Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the father of modern rocket propulsion. A physicist of great insight, Goddard also had a unique genius for invention.

It is in memory of this brilliant scientist that NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was established on May 1, 1959.

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”

Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard


The New York Times, July 17, 1969, p. 43


Sciences in the Media — “A Severe Strain on Credulity” New York Times editorial (January 13, 1920)

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