Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, inventor, Christian theologian and natural philosopher. He is regarded as the most influential scientist in history and is most famous for discovering the Laws of Gravity. Newton’s work in physics was so advanced that he was the first scientist to be knighted, which is a great honor in England and the reason “Sir” precedes his name.
Newton’s revolutionary discoveries
Here are some of the things Newton discovered:
- The laws of gravity.
- The three laws of motion which form the basic principles of modern physics.
- Calculus. His discovery of calculus led the way to more powerful methods of solving mathematical problems.
- The color spectrum. His work in optics included the study of white light and the discovery of the color spectrum.
- The binomial theorem
Newton’s contribution to the world as we have it today is huge. It’s difficult to find another human being whose contribution to life as we know it has been more influential.
How Newton did it
Here is something Newton said to explain his success:
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Sir Isaac Newton
How we too can do it
Regardless of what we do in life, our success depends on standing on the shoulders of giants. To be better parents, leaders, scientists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and farmers we must stand on the shoulders of giants. One is too small a number to achieve significance. We cannot achieve much by relying on ourselves alone.
Question: Whose shoulder’s are you standing on? Who are the giants whose shoulders are helping you see further? Take some time and appreciate them. Pray for them if they are still alive. Speak well of them and remember them. Share your answers in the comment section below and others would benefit from reading them.