“At one pole, the scientific culture really is a culture, not only in an intellectual but also in an anthropological sense” (9). I had never thought about how people within the sciences view other scientists in a certain light or have inside stereotypes about them even within the broader coalition of the sciences. The humanities are more cohesive it seems.
“This culture contains a great deal of arguments, usually much more rigorous and almost always at a higher conceptual level than literary persons’ arguments.” (12). How does he define conceptual level? Sciences are more esoteric; does that equate to a higher conceptual level just because humanities are broader and require less special education and structured training to engage in speculation?
Among the top 10 scientific theories, I recognized
- Evolution through natural selection
- Quantum Theory
- Plate Tectonics
- Oxygen Theory of Combustion
- Game Theory
- Mendelian Genetics
- Marie Curie’s work with radioactivity
- Pavlov’s Dogs