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The divide between the "two cultures" is worsening

By Miranda France   January 2017

isbn9781473638891-detailA Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre, £20)

In 1959 the physicist and novelist CP Snow famously described intellectual life in western society as riven into “two cultures”: the best brains in science and the humanities operated in a state of mutual incomprehension of which many were foolishly proud.

In the introduction to these essays, Siri Hustvedt sees that division as worsening, partly because increased specialisation means that even colleagues working in the same department no longer understand each other’s research. Its misleading title suggests a book…

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