On 1/31/2014 12:24 AM, L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D. wrote:
> I vaguely
> recall that a British philosopher C. P. Snow coined the phrase “Two
Baron Charles Snow was not a philosopher but a scientist (a chemist, and
a physics PhD), a novelist, a civil servant and a politician.
> It’s sort of
> related to the Eastern philosophical idea of “overlapping magesteria,”
> whatever that means.
It’s not; “the Two Cultures” was a diagnosis of two *non*-overlapping
magisteria in the mid 20th century, with the literary/artistic claque
supposedly hostile to the newcomers yet shamefully ignorant of their
discoveries. His famous test for the non-scientist was knowing what
“entropy” means. (I once launched a magazine titled ENTROPY: The
Magazine of the Arts” or something along those lines. It had one issue.
Snow was right.)