Shoulders of giants LO9721

Malcolm Burson (mooney@MAINE.MAINE.EDU)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 16:07:08 -0500

Replying to the Rick's note to LO9687--

Just to be slightly pedantic, but giving credit where it's due, I
believe the "standing on the shoulders of giants" theme should be
attributed to Hugh of St. Victor in the 12th century. It was a
well-established "thread" by the time Newton used it.

[Host's Note: Thank you, Malcolm!... Seeing this from you, I check my
Bartlett's and am astounded to find an even earlier reference, from Lucan,
37-68 A.D.(!), who said, "Pigmies placed on the shoulders of giants see
more than the giants themselves." ...Rick]

Malcolm Burson<


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