06 September 2007

A comment that warms my heart ...

... since it's one of the most commonly misunderstood quotes, in my opinion. plus, the true story behind it makes me chuckle. :)

In a comment by to the article, "Evaluate the data, not the author":
"'If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.'

Isaac Newton, Letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1675

Sounds nice doesn't it?
However, you can't understand it until you know about the background between Newton and Hooke and what Hooke was.
Newton hated Hooke, and Hooke believed (probably correctly) that Newton had ripped off some of his ideas. So why would Newton write such a comment?

Hooke was a hunchback and was very short.

Newton was stating that everything he built on was from "Giants", not dwarfs.

ad hominem attacks on Scientists are nothing new. "

(See my previous post on "Evaluate the data, not author" for a clue as to what bannedbycastro is commenting on ... )

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