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Be Like Isaac, Sort Of

There is a well-known quote attributed (mostly correctly) to Sir Isaac Newton:

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

He did write this in a letter (you can get some background on that here and here ) to his antagonist Robert Hooke, though it is based on a much older quote in Latin

nanos gigantium humeris insidentes

which you can read about on this Wikipedia page to get you started:

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

The famous Newton quote is sort of meta, then, as he based it on a previous work, but Sir Isaac was not always free of controversy and perhaps some questionable claims.

You can read about the most famous (or infamous) case, also on Wikipedia to get you started (follow the links within for more info, as always):

Leibniz–Newton calculus controversy

If you do delve into the life and times of Isaac Newton (before and after his Knighthood), you may come across his time at The Royal Society:

Isaac Newton at The Royal Society

It is said that Newton would from time to time use his position of authority to squash any claims of impropriety. One of the most famous scholars with a few questionable marks on his permanent record…

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Hosts: Nancy Hugo, Dan Hugo

Recorded 1 August 2021, Published 2 August 2021

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As we touched on during the episode, Jeff Bezos recently flew to the edge of the upper atmosphere and, on returning from not-quite-space, thanked his employees and customers of for making that possible.

The point being, we often forget what went in to the things around us, from countless people all over the world and through time. Here is a quick and partial rundown for the 20th century:

History of spaceflight

This is true of most things… new ideas come from old ideas.

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