Economics Isn't Science or Literature

The traditional divide between the culture of science and literature, though well documented, fails to take account of a third culture -- economics. 
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In 1959, British physicist C.P. Snow gave a lecture called "The Two Cultures," in which he lamented the cultural divide between literary intellectuals and scientists. Having been a research assistant in a physics lab and a published novelist, he knew a thing or two about both. The upshot of his argument was that literary types tend not to know anything about science or technology, while science types tend not to know anything about high culture, to the detriment of the nation as a whole. Since 1959, Snow's dichotomy has become common knowledge; at Stanford, we talked about "techies" and "fuzzies" as if never the twain shall meet.

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