Robert Boyle predicted transplantation of organs from one body to another
Sometime in the 1660’s, Robert Boyle predicted that in the future, the cure of diseases would be made by transplantation. Since he lived during the pre-Enlightenment era of magic and superstition, to think that organ transplantation would be possible was extremely forward-looking.
Ezra Stiles predicted that the U.S. population would reach 300 million by 1983
In 1783, then Yale University president Ezra Stiles predicted that the population of the United States would reach 300 million in the next two hundred years. He based his prediction on his analysis of the population growth in Europe. Apparently, just a little over 200 years later, the population of the country actually hit 300 million.
Alexis De Tocqueville predicted the Cold War
In his 1840 book entitled “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: “There are now two great nations in the world which, starting from different points, seem to be advancing toward the same goal: the Russians and the Anglo Americans. Their point of departure is different and their paths diverse; nevertheless, each seems called by some secret desire of providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world.”
Dmitri Mendeleev perfectly predicted the weights and properties of the 40+ other elements in the Periodic Table
In 1863, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev predicted the properties and weights of 40+ elements comprising the modern day periodic table of elements perfectly. At that time, there were about 60 known elements.
Jules Verne predicted the Apollo moon landing
More than a century before the Apollo 11, writer Jules Verne wrote in his book “From the Earth to the Moon” that a rocket would launch from Florida and fly to the moon. He predicted the name of the ship, Apollo, as well as the number of astronauts aboard and the feeling of weightlessness once on the moon.