The danger of two cultures


This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of CP Snow's essay The two cultures and the scientific revolution.1 In it, Snow highlighted the often wilful lack of communication between scientists and literary intellectuals.2 In too many cases, Snow argued, formal training compounded inherently different mindsets to produce a nearly complete lack of understanding and communication across these two cultures.

He was even-handed in assigning blame. Scientists, he found, often had little interest in or

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