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If you are interested, Bartlett's has it as:

"If I have seen further (than you and Descartes) it is by standing upon the
shoulders of Giants."

T. Eric Gillham PE
> From: BRBATES <BRBATES(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: Quote
> Date: Friday, March 27, 1998 12:06 AM
> In a message dated 98-03-25 18:10:30 EST, you write:
> << 
>  The reason I saw so far was becasue I stood on the shoulders of giants.
>   >>
> I'll take this one! This was written by Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke
> whom Newton feuded). Usually taken as an example of Newton's modesty, it
> instead have been a carefuly worded barb at Hooke, who was a short man.
> Bruce Bates
> RISA Technologies