On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postscript / Edition 1

On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postscript / Edition 1

by Robert K. Merton
     
 

With playfulness and a large dose of wit, Robert Merton traces the origin of Newton's aphorism, "If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Using as a model the discursive and digressive style of Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Merton presents a whimsical yet scholarly work which deals with the questions of creativity, tradition,

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With playfulness and a large dose of wit, Robert Merton traces the origin of Newton's aphorism, "If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Using as a model the discursive and digressive style of Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Merton presents a whimsical yet scholarly work which deals with the questions of creativity, tradition, plagiarism, the transmission of knowledge, and the concept of progress.

"This book is the delightful apotheosis of donmanship: Merton parodies scholarliness while being faultlessly scholarly; he scourges pedantry while brandishing his own abstruse learning on every page. The most recondite and obscure scholarly squabbles are transmuted into the material of comedy as the ostensible subject is shouldered to one side by yet another hobby horse from Merton's densely populated stable. He has created a jeu d'esprit which is profoundly suggestive both in detail and as a whole."—Sean French, Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226520865
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
1,418,822
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Umberto Eco (1990)
translated by William Weaver
Preface to the Vicennial Edition (1985)
On the Shoulders of Giants
Afterword by Denis Donoghue (1985)
Postface (1993)

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