Great Minds :- We love to celebrate the accomplishments of great men and women, but what about the times those same people messed up?
1. Search it Out
Just like Larry Page and Google got caught standing still with social media, so too did Bill Gates and Microsoft when it came to search engines. Gates didn’t prioritize developing a quality search engine, failing to predict how important searches would become. By doing so, they let Google take almost complete control of the market, missing out on a multi-billion dollar opportunity. That said, Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, now controls 21% of the search market.
2. Social Anxiety Google Buzz,
In 2003, social networking was a new corner of the internet that was on the rise. Larry Page (of Google) saw potential but failed to invest in a platform for his company. By the time that they created Google Buzz, and then shortly after Google Plus, it was far too late.
3. ceo Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
In the early years of Apple Computers, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak gave up control of their company when they hired Mike Markkula to be their CEO. Eventually, Jobs wanted the CEO job of his own company, but it was too late. He was fired from Apple in 1985.
4. Nasa Moon Mission
Just to add more fuel to the moon landing hoax conspiracies: none of the original footage from the first moon landing exists today. NASA accidentally taped over it.
5. Getting Colder
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos played a huge role in educating people about science, but not all of his ideas were worth spreading. In 1983, he helped author an article that warned of the devastating effects of a potential Nuclear Winter.
6. Electric Fail
Thomas Edison developed the electric pen. It had a small motor and battery, and instead of using ink, it punched small holes in a paper as a person wrote, making a stencil of sorts that was easy to print onto as many papers as you wanted. Unfortunately, it was loud, heavy, messy, and not that useful. Eventually the idea was abandoned.
Elizabeth Fleischmann-Aschheim was one of the world’s first radiologists. Though she never finished high-school, she devoted herself to the work and was a pioneer in her field. However, it wasn’t fully understood how dangerous X-ray radiation could be.
8. Second Guessing Albert Einstein’s
Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity is one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of physics. In the first draft of the theory, he talked about a “repulsive force” that counteracted gravity. But when Edwin Hubble discovered the universe was moving, Einstein thought that the “repulsive force” was no longer necessary to explain the universe, so he took the term out of his work.
9. Helium or Hydrogen?
Hugo Eckener was a greatly respected airship designer who most (in)famously designed the Hindenburg. When designing the airship, Eckener wanted to use helium, but since the US had a monopoly on the gas, he couldn’t. So, he redesigned the ship to use the extremely flammable alternative, hydrogen, and the rest is history.
Alexander the Great was one of the most successful military minds in all of history: He was was never defeated in battle and forged one of the world’s largest empires. Even so, he never named an heir. On his deathbed, when he was asked who should inherit his conquests, he simply answered “To the strongest.”