The Two Cultures

Patrick Nagle, English 65, The Cyborg Self, Brown University (Fall 2006)

C.P. Snow, writing on the disconnect between literary intellectuals and scientists:

I have had, of course, intimate friends among both scientists and writers. It was through living among these groups and much more, I think, through moving regularly from one to the other and back again that I got occupied with the problem of what, long before I put it on paper, I christened to myself as the 'two cultures.' For constantly I felt I was moving among two groups—comparable in intelligence, identical in race, not grossly different in social origin, earning about the same incomes, who had almost ceased to communicate at all, who in intellectual, moral and psychological climate had so little in common that instead of going from Burlington House or South Kensington to Chelsea, one might have crossed an ocean. (2)


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Last modified 18 December 2006