From Science Fiction to Science Fact – A Tribute to Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Sometimes the line dividing Science & Science Fiction is to small to appreciate the difference, in fact many science fiction writers in the past had become visionaries of the future, been much ahead of its time. Some of them where also part of the real science community of their time.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke was a man devoted to science but also looking for ahead been author of more than a hundred science fiction works, much of these works had become science fact, and other will be too in the future.

His passion with space never ended, and between many other things he introduced conceptually the term “artificial satellite” in a science paper written while he was at the 2nd world war, with all the physics and math needed to have a satellite in orbit. He also popularized the concept of the space elevator (now feasible using carbon nanotubes). Also made us dream of a future to come with 2001 A Space Odyssey.

He formulated in one of its 3 laws:

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible”

He died in March 19th, 2008 but he left us an incredible legate of inspiring thoughts to fulfill with real achievements.

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