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Introduction: Some Significances of the Two Cultures Debate

James, F; (2016) Introduction: Some Significances of the Two Cultures Debate. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews , 41 (2-3) pp. 107-117. 10.1080/03080188.2016.1223651. Green open access

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Abstract

The notion of the existence of two opposed cultures, one literary and one scientific, has a long pedigree going back to nineteenth century. However, it was C.P. Snow’s formulation of the idea in 1959 and F.R. Leavis’s 1962 critique, which brought it to the fore in cultural discourse, where it has more or less remained ever since. The papers in this special double issue of Interdisciplinary Science Review examine the debate and its legacies from a variety of perspectives, while this introduction seeks to contextualise the issues raised and draw some contemporary lessons.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction: Some Significances of the Two Cultures Debate
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03080188.2016.1223651
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/03080188.2016.1223651
Language: English
Additional information: © Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining 2016. Published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the Institute. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Interdisciplinary Science Reviews on 29 November 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03080188.2016.1223651
Keywords: C.P. Snow, Two Cultures, Public Understanding of Science, History of science, Science and society, Science and culture, Collective historical amnesia
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508367
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