---an apt comment on how science, and indeed the whole of civilization, is a series of incremental advances, each building on what went before.

        ---Stephen Hawking

The quote here is from page ix in Stephen Hawking's book On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy, Running Press, Philadelphia, 2002. This book in turn is a collection of reprints of original classics in the sciences. The book title "On the shoulders of giants" is a quote from Isaac Newton.

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