Education: Two Western Cultures

The vast gulf between scientists and nonscientists is often a subject of jokes. But English Novelist Charles Percy Snow is no longer amused. Sir Charles is qualified to protest: he worked as a physicist long before he became Britain's most knowledgeable novelist of top-level science and politics (The Conscience of the Rich, Homecoming); he was knighted not for literature but for his work as chief organizer of scientists in the World War II Ministry of Labor; he is now a director of the English Electric Co. and scientific adviser to the British Civil Service Commission. "The degree of incomprehension on both...

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