“I felt 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.” (Snow, 2)
! – Even today, we experience this divide of two cultures. Often students are either “a STEM person” or not. There aren’t tons of explicit majors or career paths that allow you to meld these both together, at least not in a direct way. The further you get into your major or the work you’re doing, the less you interact with the other culture. You have completely different professors, buildings you work in, and eventually, there’s even different places to live where your career will have more or less success.
“It is also, to be brutal, that the young scientists know that with an indifferent degree they’ll get a comfortable job, while their contemporaries and counterparts in English or History will be lucky to earn 60 percent as much. No young scientist of any talent would feel that he isn’t wanted or that his work is ridiculous, as did the hero of Lucky Jim, and in fact, some of the disgruntlement of Amis and his associates is the disgruntlement of the under-employed arts graduate.” (Snow, 18)
? – Why do we have so much more monetary and social respect for people who do scientific work? And how does this drive more people to go into fields that have no true passion for? If only a select few are willing to take the risk to create art or study history, how are we going to live the full human experience? A world without art – movies, galleries, photography, museums, music – does not appear to be one that would stimulate fulfillment in a significant portion of the human population.
Which of the Top 10 Scientific Theories and Experiments did you recognize?
Theories: Oxygen Theory of Combustion, Plate Tectonics, Evolution by Natural Selection, Heliocentrism
Experiments: Eratosthenes Measures the World, Gregor Mendel Cultivates Genetics, Marie Curie’s Work Matters, Ivan Pavlov Salivates at the Idea, Robert Paine Stressed Starfish