CULTURE CLASH: The Two Cultures 50 Years On
An afternoon meeting at the University of Surrey, 8 September 2009
Fifty years ago, C P Snow claimed there were ‘two cultures’ – with an
unbridgeable gulf between literary culture and that of science and
technology. The idea sparked widespread controversy, which has continued
This meeting, which is part of the British Science Festival at the
University of Surrey (Guildford), takes a critical look at Snow’s notorious
idea and its enduring appeal. Have the two cultures moved any closer? And
what do they imply for the larger questions he raised about education,
economic development, and global inequality?
Chair: Jon Turney
– Prof Robert Bud (Science Museum): The Two Cultures: a 20th century dilemma
– Dr Ted Nield (Editor, Geoscientist magazine): What did CP Snow really say
and what did he mean?
– Prof Raymond Tallis (University of Manchester): After the Two Cultures:
can we meet Snow’s challenge?
Date: Tuesday 8 September 2009
Time: 4.006.00 pm
Organised by: General Section, British Science Association
For more information and booking, please see the British Science Festival