Tagged: Isaac Newton

On the Shoulders of Giants? - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Mar 16, 2019

Isaac Newton is often thought to be the inventor of the apparently self-deprecating phrase ‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants’, but he was not: actually it had been in use for over 500 years before he repeated it in 1675. Of more significance is that Newton wrote it in a letter to … Read More

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, and the Royal Society - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 18, 2018

The eighteenth century was an era of giddy scientific progress and the rejection of outdated beliefs. Observation and reason challenged preconceived notions about science, with the effects rippling into the religious and political spheres. Jonathan Swift was probably the most astute and innovative satirist of his age. As a High Anglican, Swift was greatly suspicious of the political and … Read More