Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

English men of science: their nature and nurture
Galton, Francis
fact or coincidence, that 5 men out of a group 
of 1,450, or say 1 out of every 300, should be 
first of his year in the single university of 
Cambridge, either in mathematics or in classics. 
This is about the proportion that exists among 
the men -who actually go to Cambridge, and 
these, as before mentioned, are no chance selec¬ 
tions, but include a large part of the annual 
pick of the intellectual flower of the whole 
nation. Moreover, these distinguished brothers 
and cousins of scientific men are themselves 
inter-related ; the two senior wranglers, Alderson 
and Woodhouse, being first cousins, and the two 
classics, Scott and Brodrick, being first cousins 
also ; both families being, in other respects, rich 
in ability. 
We may otherwise appreciate the influence 
of heredity, as distinguished from that of tradi¬ 
tion and education, by observing the similarity 
of disposition that sometimes prevails among 
numerous scattered branches of the same family. 
The two following extracts from the replies 
I have received, are illustrations of what I 
mean :—


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