I was looking at a biography of C.S Peirce where it is shown the following parts of one of his essays which he wrote when he was 15 years old and are presented as evidence of his youthful genius:

There are four things necessary, for successfully prosecuting any undertakingFirst a knoledge [sic] of the Facts of the Circumstances of the case Second. An ability to form the best plans Third, A Talent for executing plans Fourth. Presence of mind

Were these ideas(or very similar to them) well known before he wrote that essay?


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