Chapter 4 Two Cultures, No Hits, No Runs

IT’S BEEN NEARLY 50 YEARS since C.P. Snow1. warned of the emerging problem of “the two cultures.” The scientific community and the arts/humanities community were drawing apart in mutual incomprehension and antagonism. Snow believed strongly in the necessity for the two cultures to work together in solving the problems that bedevil Western civilization.

Although his thesis caused a sensation and triggered much subsequent discussion, the problem has grown worse. Scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are not just unschooled in the humanities; they actively dismiss the arts and humanities as soft-headed wastes of time. The arts and humanities people have gone just as far in the other direction: They simply ...

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