The Two Cultures

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 1993 - Philosophy - 107 pages
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The notion that our society, its education system and its intellectual life, is characterised by a split between two cultures – the arts or humanities on one hand, and the sciences on the other – has a long history. But it was C. P. Snow's Rede lecture of 1959 that brought it to prominence and began a public debate that is still raging in the media today. This 50th anniversary printing of The Two Cultures and its successor piece, A Second Look (in which Snow responded to the controversy four years later) features an introduction by Stefan Collini, charting the history and context of the debate, its implications and its afterlife. The importance of science and technology in policy run largely by non-scientists, the future for education and research, and the problem of fragmentation threatening hopes for a common culture are just some of the subjects discussed.
 

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THE TWO CULTURES CP Snow
1
Intellectuals as natural Luddites
22
The Scientific Revolution
29
The rich and the poor
41
A SECOND LOOK 1963
53
Notes
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C. P. Snow was born on October 15, 1905 in Leicester, England. He graduated from Leicester University and received a doctorate in physics at the University of Cambridge. After working at Cambridge in molecular physics for about 20 years, he became a university administrator. During World War II, he was a scientific adviser to the British government. He was knighted in 1957 and created a Baron in the life peerage in 1964. He wrote an 11-volume novel sequence collectively called Strangers and Brothers, which was published between 1940 and 1970. His other works of fiction include Death Under Sail, In Their Wisdom, and A Coat of Varnish. He also wrote several non-fiction works including The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, Public Affairs, Trollope: His Life and Art, and The Realists: Eight Portraits. He died on July 1, 1980 at the age of 74.

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