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". Its most familiar expression in English is by Isaac Newton in "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. The attribution to Bernard of Chartres is due to John of Salisbury. In , John wrote in his Metalogicon : "Bernard of Chartres used to compare us to dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. He pointed out that we see more and farther than our predecessors, not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature. According to medieval historian Richard William Southern , Bernard was comparing contemporary 12th century scholars to the ancient scholars of Greece and Rome: . It is a very shrewd and just remark, and the important and original point was the dwarf could see a little further than the giant.
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