The Blind Giant by Nick Harkaway download in iPad, ePub, pdf
Nick took issue not with the existence of the project, but with the way in which Google went about it. Due to their wisdom we grow wise and are able to say all that we say, but not because we are greater than they. There are very few definitive conclusions made in the book and I believe this is because Nick wants to the reader to come to their own conclusions. But what he does well is frame each topic with enough context and examples and then breaks the subject open enough for the reader to continue the debate intelligently.
This has recently been interpreted by a few writers as a sarcastic remark directed at Hooke's appearance. No reference or allusion to the quote is found there. We master their wisdom and move beyond it. The phrase also appears in the works of the Jewish tosaphist Isaiah di Trani c.
So too we are dwarfs astride the shoulders of giants. The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant's shoulder to mount on. Surely a giant for his eyes are situated at a higher level than those of the dwarf. At Aperture, we do all our science from scratch. He even offers up a few tips and tools to help us along.
However, at this time Hooke and Newton were on good terms and had exchanged many letters in tones of mutual regard. Ultimately Nick argues that we need to develop our critical analysis skills. Instead I applied to myself the parable of the philosophers. To survive and thrive in the digital age we need to ask ourselves and each other hard questions, we need to engage in debates. He pointed out that we see more and farther than our predecessors, not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature.
The two men remained enemies until Hooke's death. Against this notion, Friedrich Nietzsche argues that a dwarf the academic scholar brings even the most sublime heights down to his level of understanding.