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Palmer, W. P. (2008) Science Mathematics and Technology Education: Beyond Cultural Boundaries, Udon Thani, Thailand, 16-19 January 2008. Online at http://smec.curtin.edu.au/local/documents/Fifth-International-Conference-Procee dings.pdf#page=420
It is a long while since I first read C. P. Snow’s controversial book, The two cultures. At that stage of my life, I read anything which Snow wrote, particularly the fictional Strangers and brothers series, where academics and scientists plotted and schemed within institutions to gain positions of power and influence. There appeared to be similarities between the power struggles that Snow described in his books and the real events in the staff room at the school at which I was teaching, which gave personal relevance to his writing. More recently, my academic work centred on the problems involved in the teaching of science at a regional Australian university. The power struggles were still there, but were largely hidden from casual observation, so I have been reflecting lately on issues concerned with science culture, science history and the public understanding of science.
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