Standing on the shoulders of giants

Last Monday I received an opportunity to help out with interviewing (and transcribing) NUS DID Alumni who are luminaries in their own rights unique, and specially tailored. It’s tough work, transcription more than the interviewing part. And also because this is an additional load to all that I have on my plate right now. Yet, I feel so privileged.

The metaphor of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants (Latin: nanos gigantum humeris insidentes) expresses the meaning of “discovering truth by building on previous discoveries”. While it can be traced to at least the 12th century, attributed to Bernard of Chartres, its most familiar expression in English is found in a 1676 letter of Isaac Newton:

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. [Translated into Modern English]

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Excited to discover more truths by building on previous discoveries of all my super seniors!


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