Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants


I think that pretty well says it.

9 comments:

Carteach0 said...

Suddenly I feel so small and insignificant....

Tango Juliet said...

Absolutely!

Bubblehead Les. said...

Meanwhile, 26 year olds are sitting in Parks whining because they have to pay back Student Loans because they can't get a job with a degree in "International Relations"....

jetfxr69 said...

Hmmm. The pictures always make him look old, even distinguished. The drawings of "Sir Isaac" under an apple tree, with gray hair (must remember it's probably a powdered wig).

"And THEN he turned TWENTY-SIX!"???

I'm going to echo Carteach here now....

Panamared said...

It's amazing how ignorant and backward the intelligentsia where just a few centuries ago.

Roberta X said...

???

Eric Wilner said...

Or, as Tom Lehrer said: "By the time Mozart was my age, he had been dead for three years."

WV: "hexess" - six too many.

Ken said...

Reminds me of a Tom Lehrer line, introducing one of his songs: "...when Mozart was my age (this was in 1965--ed.), he'd been dead for two years."

Anonymous said...

I am a PhD student in physics and I have to agree with Dr. Tyson. Newton was something very unique in the science world. When you look at scientist today, most of them are very specialized in a field, a few of them try to branch out of their comfort zone, but Newton was good at everything he put his mind to. A few years back I read through Newton's "Principia Mathematica" and I developed a great admiration for his genius. Calculus as it is taught is much more refined when compared to what Newton developed and students still have problems with using the rules. One thing I like to tell new physics students is that you are going to spend the next few years of your life learning 350 years of science developed by many scientist. But Newton's laws of motion and calculus are used in some fashion in all areas of physics. You use F=ma in mechanics, E&M, Statistical Mech, Quantum Mech (though modified), and every sub-field there is in physics. On the other hand, Newton was known for not being very social and most people didn't like him, so I guess there is a trade off.