Professor Jack Meadows is a former Head of Astronomy and History of Science at the University of Leicester. He subsequently became professor of Library and Information Studies at Loughborough University, retiring earlier this century.
The 'two cultures' debate is half a century old. But the question of how science and literature interact - or fail to do so - goes back to long before that. Reactions to science were already a matter of interest in the seventeenth century. The two cultures' argument emphasized the differences between the scientific and the literary cultures.