Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mastering the work of your predecessors...

There once was a man who assiduously mastered the work of his best predecessors, despite a poor start and very tough time in analytical geometry. Eventually, his own work attracted wide attention, and he said of his work: 
"If I have seen a little farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants." 
The bones of that man lie buried now in Westminster Abbey, under an unusual inscription: 
"Here lie the remains of all that was mortal in Sir Isaac Newton."