From the wireless to the computer, and from hula hoops to interplanetary travel, inventions and discoveries have changed our lifestyles in ways that would have astounded our ancestors. Each of them was originally developed by visionaries who dreamt of the seemingly impossible, but who were opposed by an array of experts publicly declaring that 'It cannot be done.' Well, yes it could ...And here's the story of how those dreamers overcame the odds against them.
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Albert Jack is an English writer and historian who became something of a publishing phenomenon in 2004 when his first book Red Herrings and White Elephants, which explored the origins of well-known phrases in the English language, became a huge international best-seller. The book was serialised by the Sunday Times for over a year and stayed in the top ten of the UK Sunday Times best-seller list for sixteen months. His follow up book Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep was also a best seller and has sold over 150 000 copies since publication in October 2005. His other successful titles include Phantom Hitchhikers, Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs and Pop Goes the Weasel.