The author of Science-fiction Arthur C. Clarke formulated the three following laws:
“When a distinguished but growing old scientist estimates that something is possible, it has almost certainly reason, but when he declares that something is impossible, he is most probably wrong. ”
- “the only way of discovering the limits of possible, it is to venture a little beyond, in the impossible one. ”
- “Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable magic. ”
Gregory Benford thereafter stated this corollary with the Third Law of Clarke:
The laws of Clarke were proposed by Arthur C. Clarke in the test Hazards off Prophecy: The Failure off Imagination , in Profiles off the Future (1962), well after the first law was written. The second law is presented like a simple observation in the same test; its statute of second law of Clarke at summer conferred by other people.
In a revision of 1973 of Profile off the Future , Clarke recognized the second law and proposed the third with an aim of rounding the number of it, adding “As the three laws were sufficient for Newton, I modestly decided to stop me there. ”. Among these three laws, the third is known and the most quoted.
The third law of Clarke undoubtedly codifies most significant of its rare contributions to the speculative Fiction. A model for the other writers of Hard science fiction, Clarke postulates leading-edge technologies without making use of erroneous concepts of engineering (like sometimes did it Jules Verne), neither of explanations based on incorrect sciences or engineering (typical mark of the bad science fiction), nor by taking indices of the tendencies of research or engineering (what is the case of some news of Larry Niven).
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