Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

240 ENGLISH MEN OF SCIENCE. [chap. 
Variety of subjects and attention to details. A 
combination of home and school education, my 
father having been head master of the school.” 
(7) “ My father being a schoolmaster, I was 
at some sort of school work nearly all my life, 
but from the age of 12 I was occupied more in 
teaching than in learning. My education in¬ 
cluded the various subjects usually taught in 
English schools, with something of astronomy, 
pneumatics, electricity, and mechanic's. I learnt 
much in conversation with my father, which 
chiefly took an instructive form. Was led to 
think and speak freely, also to engage frequently 
in domestic discussions on questions of general 
policy. I had also early access to tools and 
materials.” 
(8) “I was fortunate in obtaining at school 
(æt. 8-16) an insight into the phenomena of 
nature, a subject entirely ignored at that time 
in almost all schools. My peculiar bent for 
experiment was encouraged at home by my 
mother, and there were peculiar merits in my
        

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