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192   ENGLISH MEN OF SCIENCE.

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Statistics.-l -tat most out of 6. (2) My interest in science was due to my having been officially employed in a statistical inquiry. [It is with much hesitation that I consent to enter this as a case of "not innate."]

SUMMARY OF RESULTS AS TO INNATE TASTES.

 
 

Total

cases.

Decidedly

innate.

Decidedly

not

innate.

Doubtful.

Physics and Mathematics

20

12

1

7

Chemistry and Mineralogy .

11

5

1

5

Geology    

8

7

0

1

Biology-Zoology . . . .

24

17

3

4

Botany   . .

10

8

1

1

Medical Science

7

2

4

1

Geography (not discussed

0

0

0

0

separately)

Statistical Science . . . .

6

3

1

2

Mechanical Science . . .

5

2

0

3

 

91

56

11

24

A mere glance at the table and at the foregoing extracts will probably be enough to convince the reader that a strong and innate taste for science is a prevailing characteristic among scientific men ; also that the taste is enduring. This latter peculiarity is by no means a necessary consequence of the former ;