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Standing upon the shoulders of Giants.

  1. Aug 24, 2004 #1


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    Here is a different one for the debunking forum. We often see the quote in the title of this thread, attributed to Newton, used as some form of recognition to previous work.

    Today I was in Borders and picked a copy of Schroedinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality: Solving the Quantum Mysteries By John Gribbin.

    I found this:
    So could this oft used quote have actually been a put down of Robert Hooke? The letter mentioned was Newtons first paper in Physics.
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  3. Aug 24, 2004 #2


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    Heh, I have that book (good book) and didn't remember that part. Ironic if true, but it doesn't change the meaning (besides, it wouldn't sound anywhere near as cool if he had said "...standing on the shoulders of midgets".
  4. Aug 25, 2004 #3


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    Actually, I think Newton was quoting and old saying. There was an article by Gould (can't think of which one at the moment...) in which he cites a book full of pre-Newtonian references to that saying. I'll see if I can track down the reference.
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