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stand on the shoulders of giants

To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before. More...

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stand on the shoulders of giants — To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before.
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stand on the shoulders of giants — To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before.
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What's the meaning of the phrase 'Standing on the shoulders of giants'?

Using the understanding gained by major thinkers who have gone before in order to make intellectual progress.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Standing on the shoulders of giants'?

The best-known use of this phrase was by Isaac Newton in a letter to his rival Robert Hooke, in 1676:

"What Descartes did was a good step. You have added many several ways, and especially in taking the colors of thin plates into philosophical consideration. If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
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This is apparently a very nasty dig at Hooke because Hooke was very sickly as a child and grew to be a small man with a hunchback due to a spinal deformity. Vicious trolling of its day. Puts me off Newton altogether. I know Hooke could be hard to get on with but that was nasty. Shame on you


OK, Newton came up with some nice ideas, but Hooke was the polymath genius of the time. Just didn't have the social skills. Or the income. The idea of the cell? Hooke. Those amazing images of fleas ? Hooke. Developing the microscope into an essential tool for biology? Hooke The acoustics of the whispering Gallery at St Paul's Cathedral? Hooke. Churches, schools built after the Fire of London? Designed by Hooke. The inverse square law of gravity? Hooke, not Newton.


Hooke was prickly and paranoid but he had his reasons. Newton had no excuse for how nastily he behaved.


When Newton became president of the Royal Society he tried to erase Hooke. Didn't work, asshole. Whistle
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Gates of monarchs
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-Shakespeare.
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