On the shoulders of giants : a Shandean postscript

by Robert King Merton

Hardcover, 1985




San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985.


A monk travels the world to protect an ancient scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. He needs to train a new scroll keeper, which he finds in a street-wise punk that saves him from capture.

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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.… (more)



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