Making the impossible possible
May 24, 2012 6:13 PM Subscribe
Help with a simultaneously math & non-math question: Finding the square root of a negative number was impossible until imaginary numbers came along. What are examples of other things that were impossible until we altered systems that have been created?
posted by CaptainCaseous to Writing & Language (22 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I know this is pretty opened ended but it's for an essay about things that were previously thought to be impossible. I'm looking for:
1) things that were once thought impossible but then someone invented something that made it possible (got some but could use more).
2) things that were considered impossible but someone changed a system to make it so. Most of my examples are pretty serious (ie: Rosa Parks) and I can use some more silly & funny. Any help or ideas would be much appreciated, even if you don't think it's so hot - it may help with the direction of story. Thanks.