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Speaking of Giants

In Ramblings on January 20, 2005 by Cody McComas

Isaac Newton is a famous scientist and mathematician who lived from 1642 to 1727. Those who have studied physics in school will know that Newton discovered the Three Laws of Motion. He worked on calculus, discovered the binomial theorem, studied white light passing through a prism, observed what is now known as Newton�s Rings, wrote rules for scientific reasoning, etc. Newton did a lot for modern science. Robert Hooke was another scientist who lived at the same time as Newton. Newton wrote Hooke a letter in 1676 in which he said,

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.�”

Are we not all standing on the shoulders of those great men and women who have come before us? Those people who have made a path where there was no path. Those who have and trudged forth and forged a way where there was no way. Does not the credit belong to them? I would submit to you that a large part of it does.

What can we do to forge a path for those that follow us? How can we leave our mark? What can we do to matter? What can we do today, so that tomorrow, those who come after us will say, “I am so glad there was someone who came before and hammered-out the way!” What can we do?!

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