Avançar para o conteúdo principal

The "two cultures" of modern society — the sciences and the humanities

“A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: 'Have you read a work of Shakespeare's?'

I now believe that if I had asked an even simpler question — such as, What do you mean by mass, or acceleration, which is the scientific equivalent of saying, 'Can you read?' — not more than one in ten of the highly educated would have felt that I was speaking the same language. So the great edifice of modern physics goes up, and the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their Neolithic ancestors would have had.”

Charles P. Snow, The Two Cultures,

Cambridge: University Press, 1960


Mensagens populares deste blogue

Factores de Risco

“A transição económica, a urbanização, a industrialização e a globalização causam mudanças no estilo de vida que favorecem o surgimento de doenças cardíacas .../.... A falta de exercícios e uma dieta inadequada [estão] entre os principais factores de risco." Associação Americana do Coração in Estatísticas Internacionais de Doenças Cardiovasculares

Um grão de areia

"Para ter a ideia da pequenez do átomo comparado com um objecto macroscópico, imaginemos que podemos ver os átomos numa mesa de cozinha, e que cada átomo é do tamanho de um grão de areia. Nesta escala de ampliação, a mesa terá então 3500 quilómetros de comprimento." Robert Jastrow, Red Giants and White Dwarfs (em Port. A arquitectura do Universo, Edições 70)