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Two Cultures

  Two cultures was the name given in a 1959 lecture by the novelist C.P. Snow to the parties in a long-existing standoff between science and the arts (or in earlier times, science and such subjects as religion and philosophy). The problem, as stated, is that scientists have no understanding of anything outside science, and non-scientists are scientifically illiterate and innumerate. The situation is many centuries older than Snow\'s statement of it, and its existence has always been more a subject for chatter than an imperative to change perhaps an indication that it is less of a problem than it seems. KMcL

Further reading Matthew Arnold, Literature and Science; , C.P. Snow, The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution.



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