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    The two cultures; or, the end of the world as we know it

    Luckhurst, Roger (2007) The two cultures; or, the end of the world as we know it. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 32 (1), ISSN 0308-0188.

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    This essay examines the 'war' of science and culture in the twentieth century – its terms in part fixed by C. P. Snow's influential polemic on 'The two cultures' in the 1950s – which continued into the 1990s with a series of intellectual skirmishes sometimes referred to as the 'science wars'. Military metaphors can quickly become apocalyptic on both sides. Rather than contributing to this overheated rhetoric, I suggest instead that we need to acknowledge the interdependencies of scientific and cultural discourse. To that end, a reading of science fiction and fictions in science is sketched out using models of networks and hybrid assemblages developed by French science theorist Bruno Latour.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Roger Luckhurst
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 16:54
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:39


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