Grant Hearne on C.P. Snow, Scientific Theories and Experiments

(?) Why are physicists the most representative of scientists? What does Snow mean by “incomprehension” on a spectrum between science and literature (Snow 4)?

(!) Snow states that as “the great edifice of modern physics goes up, the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their neolithic ancestors would have had.” This statement made me think about information privilege and the accessibility of information. In general, it seems that literature is more readily available to people than science. While there is literature about science, people are more likely to pick up a classic novel than a physics textbook from a public library. Additionally, there is more literature available in the public sphere than scientific knowledge. Finally, common literature is generally more affordable than literature of science. These disparities between literature and science suggest that there is a much larger barrier to entry for the scientific community. 

Scientific Theories Recognized: Game theory, Oxygen theory of combustion, Plate tectonics, Evolution by natural selection, Heliocentrism

Science Experiments Recognized: Genetic Inheritance (Gregor Mendel), Eyes Optics (Isaac Newton), Radioactivity (Marie Curie), Reflexes (Ivan Pavlov), Electron’s charge (Robert Millikan)

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