On the Shoulders of Giants

The Post-Italianate Edition

Author: Robert K. Merton

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 319

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With playfulness and a large dose of wit, Robert Merton traces the origin of Newton's aphorism, "If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Using as a model the discursive and digressive style of Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Merton presents a whimsical yet scholarly work which deals with the questions of creativity, tradition, plagiarism, the transmission of knowledge, and the concept of progress. "This book is the delightful apotheosis of donmanship: Merton parodies scholarliness while being faultlessly scholarly; he scourges pedantry while brandishing his own abstruse learning on every page. The most recondite and obscure scholarly squabbles are transmuted into the material of comedy as the ostensible subject is shouldered to one side by yet another hobby horse from Merton's densely populated stable. He has created a jeu d'esprit which is profoundly suggestive both in detail and as a whole."—Sean French, Times Literary Supplement

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Author: Frank Rafters

Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 470

View: 378

"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" is the first book from Frank Rafters. In it, the author chooses his greatest ever Celtic team (1888-1960) and, in doing so, tells of some of the greatest figures in the Football Club's remarkable history. The life story of the gentleman, who was until recently Celtic's oldest surviving ex-player (William Boland - who first saw Celtic in the 1930's), is also exclusively featured. Additionally, there are a plethora of tales from away days in Europe, Celts living around the world, and some of the author's personal experiences to be enjoyed, as well as much more.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Hermann Vaske's Conversations with the Masters of Advertising

Author: Hermann Vaske

Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag


Category: Art

Page: 377

View: 684

Standing on the Shoulder of Giants is an impressive collection of interviews dedicated to creativity. Insider Hermann Vaske has interviewed nearly all topnotch creatives (e.g. art directors, advertising strategists, movie directors and artists) on the subject. The book documents the very personal and informative answers to different aspects of being creative.

Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

Author: Hermann Vaske

Publisher: Gestalten Verlag


Category: Art

Page: 384

View: 351

Standing on the Shoulder of Giants is an impressive collection of interviews dedicated to creativity. Insider Hermann Vaske has interviewed nearly all topnotch creatives (e.g. art directors, advertising strategists, movie directors and artists) on the subject. The book documents the very personal and informative answers to different aspects of being creative.

Mapping Scientific Frontiers

The Quest for Knowledge Visualization

Author: Chaomei Chen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Computers

Page: 240

View: 156

This is a comprehensive introduction to scientific visualization. It provides a complete history of the development of the field with illustrations of how the techniques can be applied in different field, including the history itself.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Foundations in Veterinary Medicine for the Advancement of Human Welfare

Author: John B. Tasker



Category: Medical

Page: 262

View: 305

Often neglected in histories of medicine is the contribution veterinarians and animal disease researchers have made to the study of human illness. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants contains fourteen chapters describing independent events in veterinary research that provided new understanding of human medical problems and their management. Animal disease investigations advanced a wide range of medical disciplines including bacteriology, virology, and immunology. Innovative treatments for orthopedic and infertility problems of human beings have had their origins in solutions developed initially for veterinary problems. The widely used blood thinner, coumadin, and the popular rodenticide, warfarin, were developed based on intensive study of a strange disease of cattle. Progress in the prevention and treatment of human parasitic diseases in developing countries has been made through anti-parasite drugs created primarily for the treatment of parasites of domestic animals in the more advanced countries. Third parties have acknowledged these special contributions. The nominees and recipients of the prestigious Lasker Awards and the Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine have included persons whose research was based upon earlier work on spontaneous animal diseases or whose basic medical education has been in veterinary medicine. The essential role of veterinary medicine in the larger realm of health sciences has been recognized for more than 200 years by the participation of veterinarians and animal disease researchers in the national academies established to advise the government on matters of public health. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants is of interest to all concerned with animals, animal science, and veterinary medicine, and to those who care about contemporary human medicine and its origins. About the Author: John Tasker is dean and professor emeritus at Michigan State University. He has a long and distinguished career in veterinary medicine as a clinical pathologist, educator, and researcher. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Cornell University, where he later served on the faculty for many years. He was dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University for ten years before his retirement in 1995. Tasker lives in South Florida.

Reading the Bible with Giants

How 2000 Years of Biblical Interpretation Can Shed New Light on Old Texts. Second Edition

Author: David Paul Parris

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers


Category: Religion

Page: 234

View: 666

Many readers of the Bible believe that interpreting the Scriptures well simply involves a two-way dialogue between themselves and the text. Implied in this view is the idea that we can simply jump over two thousand years of biblical interpretation. However, if we believe that God has been speaking through the Bible to devout believers throughout history it would seem that we should find a way to identify the insights they perceived in the text so that we can learn to read these sacred texts with them. Drawing on resources from Reception Theory, the goal of Reading the Bible with the Giants is to enable the contemporary reader to interpret the Bible in dialogue with those who have gone before us.

Science Magic

Fun Guaranteed!

Author: Sue McGrath

Publisher: AuthorHouse


Category: Science

Page: 132

View: 415

Science Magic: Fun Guaranteed! has been written for the teacher, youth leader and parent who wishes to bring a bit of science magic to the youngsters in their care. There are four chapters covering topics such as forces, chemical reactions, energy and the properties of materials. The 'Secrets for Success' section is like the method section of a cookery book - follow the guidance and be amazed. The 'Science in a Nutshell' section is for those who wish to learn more about the science behind the experiments. This section is very much related to the primary and secondary curriculum for both the United Kingdom and Eire. Many of the activities in this 'Little Book of Magic' will reinforce and extend all the followers of sciences' current knowledge and understanding and will hopefully leave all believing that science is like a huge slice of chocolate cake enjoyment only cometh when you eateth! Read, consume and enjoy!

The Rough Guide to Rock

Author: Peter Buckley

Publisher: Rough Guides


Category: Music

Page: 1225

View: 309

Compiles career biographies of over 1,200 artists and rock music reviews written by fans covering every phase of rock from R&B through punk and rap.

The Genome War

How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World

Author: James Shreeve

Publisher: Ballantine Books


Category: Science

Page: 416

View: 773

The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science—the race to map the human genome. On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life—seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government’s Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich. Calling his company Celera (from the Latin for “speed”), he assembled a small group of scientists in an empty building in Rockville, Maryland, and set to work. At the same time, the leaders of the government program, under the direction of Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, began to mobilize an unexpectedly unified effort to beat Venter to the prize—knowledge that had the potential to revolutionize medicine and society. The stage was set for one of the most thrilling—and important—dramas in the history of science. The Genome War is the definitive account of that drama—the race for the greatest prize biology has had to offer, told by a writer with exclusive access to Venter’s operation from start to finish. It is also the story of how one man’s ambition created a scientific Camelot where, for a moment, it seemed that the competing interests of pure science and commercial profit might be gloriously reconciled—and the national repercussions that resulted when that dream went awry. From the Hardcover edition.