Yes, very few scientists are truly original - if they're not fudging results then they steal ideas from others or they ransack books of Eastern Mysticism to get hints that they then try to put into the language of mathematics.<quoted text>
and i know of few scientists, who do not use the works of others in their own assemblies. it's like an architectural engineer, none of the stuff is yours but the design may or may not be. even the principals of design are not all yours. how you fit it together, is not necessarily all your idea either.
I like you.