C.P. Snow’s “Two Cultures” 


Although I believe that it is depressing to think that the “individual condition of each of us is tragic (page 6),” I think that Snow is coming from a place of truth. We are all conscious human beings, each with our personalities. As a result, we are inherently alone. Our heads are always occupied with something to think about––every person encounters their challenges and successes. As independent beings, we do not know what is happening around us unless we are told about it. In doing so, we can “sometimes we escape from solitariness, through love or affection or perhaps creative moments, but those triumphs of life are pools of light we make for ourselves while the edge of the road is black: each of us dies alone (page 6).” With this, Snow ends by saying that even though we depend on society for our social connection to each other to escape loneliness, society is not going to save you from loneliness. When we die, we die alone because our consciousness remains limited to each of our brains.  


Have there been major cases in which “the clashing point of two subjects, two disciplines, two cultures––of two galaxies, so far as that goes––ought to produce creative chances (page 16)” has occurred?

Top 10 Scientific Theories I Recognized:

  • Albert Einstein: Special Relativity
  • Alfred Wegener: Plate Tectonics
  • Antoine Lavoisier: Oxygen theory of combustion
  • Charles Darwin: Evolution by Natural Selection
  • Copernicus: Heliocentrism
  • Game Theory: John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern
  • Max Planck, Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Max Born, Paul Dirac: Quantum Theory
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Top 10 Scientific Experiments I Recognized:

  • Eratosthenes Measures the World: First Recorded Measurement of Earth’s Circumference
  • Gregor Mendel Cultivates Genetics: The fundamental rules of genetic inheritance
  • Isaac Newton Eyes Optics: The nature of color and light
  • Ivan Pavlov’s Dog: The discovery of conditioned reflexes
  • Marie Curie’s Work Matters: Defining radioactivity 
  • Robert Millikan Gets a Charge: The precise value of a single electron’s charge
  • William Harvey Takes the Pulse of Nature: The discovery of blood circulation
  • Young, Davisson and Germer See Particles of the Wave: The wavelike nature of light and electrons
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