10 Famous Breakthroughs Credited To The Wrong Person

8. Relativity


First there was Newton, who established the laws of movement and gravity. And then there came Einstein, with his special and relational theories of relativity, claiming that Newton’s laws are not applicable when there is a particularly powerful gravitational field. But in the 19th century, there also was a mathematician, James Clerk Maxwell, whose work on electromagnetism made Einstein’s theories possible. Maxwell passed away young, which prevented him to reach his full potential. Maxwell is rarely mentioned, yet Einstein didn’t miss the chance to credit him for his significant discoveries.

7. Video Games

Video Games

It seems that it should be easy to determine which video game was discovered first. Pong was the first game that was commercialized, and it marked the beginning of the video game era. Yet, more than a decade before Pong, Tennis for Two was created – it was the game played on screen, but the public never had the chance to play it. But in 1948, Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann designed the gaming device called cathode ray tube amusement device. Players control a light beam, and their goal is to line it up with an on-screen object. Undoubtedly, it was the first video game, yet rarely mentioned in the gamers subculture.

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