Can the Right Geographic Conditions Help Create Geniuses?

Why did the small Scottish city of Edinburgh produce so many world-transforming inventions in the 19th century? What caused Calcutta, in India, to produce a cluster of geniuses then slide into poverty and dereliction? Why did ancient Athens produce one of the world’s greatest “genius clusters,” which included Sophocles, Plato, and Socrates?

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