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Two Cultures A Classic Look at Science and Art

CP SnowStudents of the relationship between art, science, and technology go to one core document as the initial modern statement of the problems and possibilities inherent in that relationship. It’s a transcription of a lecture given in 1959 by British scientist and novelist C. P. Snow. Snow gave the Rede Lecture that year at Senate House, Cambridge, under the title “The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution.” Snow decried the cultural illiteracy of scientists and a general ignorance of science among the cultural elites.

For years afterward, the speech spawned a number of articles and commentaries on the question. One thing that has marked the time since then, and since 9 Evenings a few years later, is an outpouring of artists who are also versed in science and technology, and scientists who work in a broader cultural framework.

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