Monday 2/17 Post Emily McDill

!: In regards to specialization Snow writes, “have we crystalized so far that we are no longer flexible at all?” (19). I would agree that in today’s day and age, more so than ever, specialization is pushed as the only educational option, and there is no returning to a more interdisciplinary time. In modern times the value of the “Renaissance Man” is not relevant because jobs, particularly technology, are so incredibly specialized. It is almost impractical to devote one’s time to both the arts and sciences, when it would be more efficient to invest all of one’s time into mastering a practical skill, especially in a STEM field, that will guarantee a high-paying job and financial security.

?: Snow is writing in 1959, before the technological era we live in today, causing him to conclude that, “it is the traditional culture, to an extent remarkably little diminished by the emergence of the scientific one, which manages the western world” (11). Would Snow make the same argument today, when there is such a push for STEM in our schools, and the traditional emphasis on reading and writing seems less applicable in our technological age? Does this “traditional culture” still carry the air of superiority over more scientific disciplines that it did in the 50’s?

Top 10 Scientific Theories I recognized:

  • “Gregor Mendel Cultivates Genetics”
  • “Isaac Newton Eyes Optics”
  • “Marie Curie’s Work Matters”
  • “Ivan Pavlov Salivates at the Idea”

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