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by Robert K. Merton (Author), Umberto Eco (Foreword). Robert K. Merton is University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, Foundation Scholar of the Russell Sage Foundation, and a MacArthur Prize Fellow.

by Robert K. ISBN-13: 978-0226520865. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he has received numerous honors and prizes for his work in both science and the humanities. His many books include the classic Social Theory and Social Structure, the Sociology of Science, Sociological Ambivalence, and Science, Technology, and Society in Seventeenth-Century England.

For Stephen Hawking's book, see On the Shoulders of Giants (book). A Shandean Postscript. This picture is derived from Greek mythology: the blind giant Orion carried his servant Cedalion on his shoulders to act as the giant's eyes  . In Umberto Eco's novel The Name of the Rose, William of Baskerville utters the words when speaking to Nicholas of Morimondo, the master glazier at the monastery. With a Foreword by Umberto Eco.

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. This is a highbrow, self-satisfied book contemplating the origins of the phrase "on the shoulders of giants.

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Similar books and articles. On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postscript by Robert K. Merton. A. Hall - 1986 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 77:142-143. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Longer View of Newton and HalleyNorman J. W. Thrower. Joella G. Yoder - 1992 - Isis 83 (1):136-137.

Robert K. Merton, Umberto Eco, Denis Donoghue. 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.

The compact Latin is transformed into this rather literal shape: "Pigmies placed on the shoulders of giants.

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Merton, Robert K. In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social. Merton, Robert K. 1993. On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postscript. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Abstract: Among the most influential sociologists of the modern era, Robert K. Merton is best. known for his theoretical contributions concerning the idea of the social structure and his. critique of functionalism.

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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

Comments: (6)

Rleyistr
The subtitle is the key: this is very shandean. If you enjoyed Tristram Shandy, you'll probably enjoy OTSOG too. Merton tirelessly (but not tiresomely) tracks down the origin of a famous aphorism through the labyrinthine ways of countless erudite digressions. If you have the kind of crooked mind that appreciates this kind of thing, you'll find the book entertaining as well as instructive. If you gave up on Tristram Shandy after the first few pages, thinking "What th' ?!" OTSOG is almost certainly not for you. It's rather like cilantro, which people either love or hate.
Sorryyy
An original study with an unexpected outcome. Merton manages to do the historical digging in order to extract the story on how intellectuals build up their theories by declaring themselves "dwarfs standing on shoulders of giants". He retraces the original version not to Newton --as was always assumed-- but to the medieval scholar Bernard of Chartres. But there is much else to be learned, since Merton rummages through the archives of intellectual history and unearths the different versions and variants of the aphorism. The lively style under the form of a long letter (Tristram Shandy style) and the introduction by Umberto Eco are a nice bonus.
Usaxma
'On the Shoulders of Giants' (which shall hereafter be referred to as OTSOG) is the quintessential study of the nature of academicism. It is thinly disguised as a dissertation into the origin (and originality) of Newton's famous aphorism 'If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.' However, once the reader finds himself confronted by what might or might not be an attack on Richard Burton (the one that wrote 'The Anatomy of Melancholy'), suspicions grow, and in short order one begins to understand that a leg or two is being pulled.
Of course, it does not end there. Displaying the kind of dazzling scholarship that most academics can only aspire to, Merton zigzags across the intellectual horizon on a quest for the lighter side of truth. In doing so, he exposes many of the pretensions of scholarly work, plagiarism and specious logic. Leaving no stone unturned, we are as likely to find ourselves in pursuit of Tristram Shandy as we are to be wandering through the transept of Chartres Cathedral. All in a mad search to uncover who really used OTSOG first.
It needs to be said that Merton is, on his own, an extremely respected sociologist, one who often has used the scientific and academic world as the focus of his remarkable eye. OTSOG sets out to make points by mimicking its subjects rather than lecturing about them. Whimsical and witty, it still touches on serious issues while exposing a great deal of fascinating minutia. Certainly it is a one of a kind work that enjoys a large cult following among those who are reluctant to take themselves seriously. Look out for Umberto Eco's foreword and Merton's riposte-face as well.
Broadcaster
Every scholar should this wonderful, joyous book
Cesar
This is a history/examination of the origins of the famous phrase "On
the shoulders of giants". I find this book unreadable, written in a
gossipy style with offhand references to many (many) authors I'd never
even heard of like Robert Burton, Didacus Stella, Robert Hooke, George
Sarton, Godfrey Goodman. etc. If you'd read these guy's works (and those
of all the others) doubtless the book would fascinating. Maybe.
Shaktiktilar
NORA LUKAN: An amazing insight into academicism that sheds light on the scholarships, for example. The book also takes surprising twists that make this a must read. It's an intellectual rollercoaster ride that might change your life in a couple of ways.
On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postscript download epub
Essays & Correspondence
Author: Robert K. Merton,Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0226520862
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Essays & Correspondence
Language: English
Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprinted edition edition (May 15, 1993)
Pages: 348 pages