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The German Genius

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The concept of genius "The concept of genius – individuals whose creations offered glimpses of divine wisdom, glimpses of perfection – meant that self-cultivation, through studying the achievements of geniuses, offered the cultivated individual the prospect of achieving an approximation of divine wisdom right here on earth." Do you believe that? Then you should right away order a copy of Peter Watson's The German Genius. The book is about German ideas that came over a period of 250 years. The book A lot of ideas that matter to us today were produced in Germany. German ideas have "shaped our lives more than we know or care to acknowledge." In fact, Watson, who is British, believes that the US and Britain speak English but think German. Germany not only gave us Einstein, Bach, and other geniuses, but numerous new disciplines such as cell biology, sociology, and quantum physics. Between the 1750s and the 1930s, Germany became the do…