First published in the Catholic Herald

In 1963, C.P. Snow gave a prophetic lecture. He warned we were facing a future in which the chasm between arts and science would grow ever further apart. Graduates of the arts would understand no science and graduates in the sciences would understand nothing about culture, he said.

For a while, as a university lecturer, one of the schemes I taught on was the Arts/ Science project. Already we had given up teaching Arts students any science- the gap was too great and the hill too steep, plus they didn’t want to do it. But science undergraduates were still being offered arts courses, and I taught quantum physicists about the psychology of religion.



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