Edwin Land

(Edwin Herbert Land)

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  • Born: May 7, 1909
  • Died: March 1, 1991
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Inventor

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Edwin Herbert Land, ForMemRS, FRPS, Hon.MRI was an American scientist and inventor, best known as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. He invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera instant photography, and the retinex theory of color vision, among other things. His Polaroid instant camera went on sale in late 1948 and made it possible for a picture to be taken and developed in 60 seconds or less.

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… neither organisms nor organizations evolve slowly and surely into something better, but drift until some small change occurs which has immediate and overwhelming significance. The special role of the human being is not to wait for these favorable accidents but deliberately to introduce the small change that will have great significance. Miscellaneous
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail Human Nature
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Scientists made a great invention by calling their activities hypotheses and experiments. They made it permissible to fail repeatedly until in the end they got the results they wanted. In politics or government, if you made a hypothesis and it didn't work out, you had your head cut off. Human Nature
Does an American, when he represents all Americans, have to tell the truth at any cost? The answer is yes, and the consequence of the answer is that our techniques for influencing the rest of the world cannot be rich and flexible like the techniques of our competitors. We can be dramatic, even theatrical; we can be persuasive; but the message we are telling must be true. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. Management & Managing Government
If you sense a deep human need, then you go back to all the basic science. If there is some missing, then you try to do more basic science and applied science until you get it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In my opinion, neither organisms nor organizations evolve slowly and surely into something better, but drift until some small change occurs which has immediate and overwhelming significance. The special role of the human being is not to wait for these favorable accidents but deliberately to introduce the small change that will have great significance. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It only takes a day to change someone from an anti-intellectual to an intellectual by persuading him that he might be one! Human Nature
One of the best ways to keep a great secret is to shout it. Secrecy & Transparency
People who have a new idea often just stop having an old idea. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The fact that civilization is becoming more intricate must not mean that we treat men for a longer period as immature. Does it not mean, perhaps, the opposite: that we must skillfully make them mature sooner, that we must find ways of handling the intricacy of our culture? Human Nature
We live in a world changing so rapidly that what we mean frequently by common sense is doing the thing that would have been right last year. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do. History
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Failure
Any problem can be solved using the materials in the room.
Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
If you dream of something worth doing and then simply go to work on it and don't think anything of personalities, or emotional conflicts, or of money, or of family distractions; it is amazing how quickly you get through those 5,000 steps. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.
Marketing is what you do when your product is no good.
Politeness is the poison of collaboration.
Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The most important thing about power is to make sure you don't have to use it. Power