Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

124 ENGLISH MEN OF SCIENCE. [chap. 
Dalton, the discoverer of the atomic theory, and 
Dr. Young, of the undulatory theory of light, 
■were both Quakers, and that Faraday was a 
Sandemanian. So I find in these returns 
numerous cases of Quaker pedigree ; and I know 
of one man, not as yet technically on my list, 
who was born a Sandemanian. There are also 
representatives of several other small sects, as 
Moravians and Bible Christians, and the Uni¬ 
tarians are numerous. It will be understood that 
the object of saying this is not to throw light 
on the religious tendencies of the scientific men 
(concerning which I shall have almost imme¬ 
diately to speak), because so off-hand a statement 
would mislead, but to prove that they and their 
parents had the habit of doing what they 
preferred, without considering the fashion of 
the day. The man of science is thoroughly inde¬ 
pendent in character. 
MECHANICAL APTITUDE. 
There is a prevalent taste for mechanics 
among scientific men, whose peculiarity it is
        

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