Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution

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‘The Two Cultures’ is a phrase coined by C. P. Snow in the Rede Lecture delivered at Cambridge in 1959 and published the same year. In it, he contrasts the culture of ‘literary intellectuals’ and that of ‘scientists, and as the most representative, physical scientists’, claiming that 30 years earlier the two sides could at least manage ‘a frozen smile’ but are now incapable of communication. His analysis of the educational attitudes that produced this situation and his recommendations for change were strongly attacked by Leavis. See also Thomson, Sir W.

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