a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants

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a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants

A person whose insights, discoveries, or knowledge in general is not due to ingenuity on his or her own part, but rather due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before. Though this is indeed an exciting discovery toward curing cancer, I am but a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants.
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The 127 contributions are organized into eight sections: white dwarf structure and evolution; white dwarf mass distribution and luminosity function; white dwarfs in stellar clusters and the galactic halo; white dwarfs in large surveys; atmospheres, abundances and magnetic fields; white dwarf dust disks and planetary systems; white dwarfs in binaries; and variable white dwarfs.
And with a thud of a wholly different sort, someone has clubbed a Dwarf to death.