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CP Snow’s ‘Two cultures’: 50 years of debate

50 years after CP Snow' speech, 'The two cultures and the scientific revolution', what impact does it have today?

50 years after CP Snow gave his famous speech, The two cultures and the scientific revolution, the phrase ‘Two cultures' has entered in to the general currency of intellectual life as shorthand for differences between the arts and the sciences.

The relationship of the cultures of science and the humanities has been discussed endlessly since at least the 1880s when Thomas Huxley and Matthew Arnold debated them. However, they were brought into sharp focus in the early 1960s due to a harshly critical and highly personalised row between the chemist turned novelist CP Snow and the literary scholar FR Leavis following Snow's well known 1959 lecture.

Join leading historians as they give their perspective on CP Snow's famous speech, and reflect on the academic debates that have raged ever since.


Professor Frank James | talks | www
Prof Helen Haste | talks | www


Date and Time:

12 November 2009 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Institution
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