Sunday, May 22, 2005

Tyger, tyger...

It has been almost half-a-century since the British scientist and novelist C. P. Snow created a stir among educators with his idea of the "two cultures." According to Snow, "scientific culture" and "literary culture" have become separated by a gulf of mutual incomprehension, often marked by hostility and dislike. Scientists have nothing to say to those who practice or study the arts -- and vice versa. Each "culture" has its own language and agenda, said Snow. Each is impoverished by ignorance of the other.

Not much has changed since Snow's challenge. This week's Musing explores the chasm.