>Yes, he was crediting the artists that created the knowledge, not the knowledge itself
Ha ha! You are a funny guy. Its obvious you are just making it up at this point.
By the way, Newton was jut paraphrasing what was already an old saw (12th century.)
"Bernard of Chartres used to compare us to [puny] dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. 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."