San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985.
LibraryThing member hermannstone
a real jewel for those with an antiquarian bent
LibraryThing member waitingtoderail
A brilliant skewering of shoddy scholarship. Merton traces the origins of an aphorism often credited to Isaac Newton and brilliantly uncovers a history of misattributions, misquotations,and other scholarly laziness stretching back to the 12th century. A masterpiece of pedantry, Merton goes so far as to examine 12th century artistic representations of dwarves positioned on the shoulders of giants (he finds 4 examples!) and whether they sit or stand.