Is the End in Sight for Theoretical Physics?
‒ Stephen Hawking, 1980
There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement
‒ Lord Kelvin, 1900
The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have all been discovered
‒ Albert Michelson, 1894
So many centuries after the Creation, it is unlikely that anyone could find hitherto unknown lands of any value
‒ Spanish Royal Commission, rejecting Christopher Columbus proposal to sail west, < 1492