Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

 Posted by on November 16, 2014  Add comments
Nov 162014
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“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. The phrase is most famous as an expression of Isaac Newton’s but he was using a simile which in its earliest known form was attributed to Bernard of Chartres by John of Salisbury: Bernard of Chartres used to say that we [the Moderns] are like dwarves perched on the shoulders of giants [the Ancients], and thus we are able to see more and farther than the latter. And this is not at all because of the acuteness of our sight or the stature of our body, but because we are carried aloft and elevated by the magnitude of the giants.

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  1. We have the opportunity to be carried aloft and elevated by the magnitude of the giants but instead of keeping how heads and eyes up we can easily keep looking down and get tangled in the weeds. It seems to me it is about where we direct our attention. I am talking about life – but the same thing applies to our photography.

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