This famous Sir Isaac Newton quote is rendered here in modern English with a collage of samples of Newton's handwriting. That's right. Newton's words in Newton's handwriting. This is the classy way of rocking "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants".
What does "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" mean?
This famous quote means that new discoveries are build upon the work of others, of previous discoveries. That is even true for the quote itself: the idea that a dwarf would see further than a giant by mounting on it dates back to greek mythology, with Cedalion on the shoulders of giant Orion, guiding him towards the rising sun. Other authors have written similar phrases previously as early as the 12th century, but Newton's formulation is the most popular. A shorter version of it is printed on the side of the two pound coins in the UK, and it permeates popular culture in many other ways.
The original quote used the spelling "sholders" instead of "shoulders", but we have rendered it here in modern English (you wouldn't walk around with a shirt that misspells "shoulders", would you?).
Ideal for :
Short physicists, or people who acknowledge their work is built upon that of others.
Seriously, Sir Isaac Newton's work is absolutely fundamental to physics and mathematics, and every college student knows him for his three laws of motion. You can't go more classic than that (it's called "classical mechanics" for a reason). Anyone interested in the furtherment of human endeavour would resonate with this quote.