Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Week 1 -- Two Cultures

The separation of art and science emerged along with industrialization and as CP Snow described in Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, this separation causes the society to polarize. People stereotype others and even themselves to be either artistic or scientific, creating this seemingly valid difference between art and science.    

The difference exhibits itself on our campus through the division of north campus, where the arts and humanities majors are, and south campus, crowded with science majors. Being a Business Economics major myself, I am bombarded with economic theories and accounting equations everyday, and thus would categorize myself as a science student. However, the fact that the Anderson School of Management, where I have my accounting classes, is located in the far north campus raised my doubt of whether this difference between art and science is really valid.

Aspiring to become a successful investment banker upon graduation, I dream of participating in deals worth billions of dollars and designing the most profitable financial models. However, the key to build these financial models is not strictly implementing the equations or theorems. Instead, the best models usually originate from creative thinking and utilizing functions in unpredictable places.

Being an international student from China, I also relate to the concept of two cultures greatly since they influence me in various ways to make who I am now. A “Third Culture” thus arises through the combination of two distinct cultures.

Just as D. Bohm stated in “On Creativity”, I should start with science and extend to other fields, broadening my view and being more creative. In the future course of my study, it would be beneficial to think more in the artistic aspect of business and banking to obtain a holistic view of the industry. Only in this way can we fully develop our potentials and become what we dream to be.


Bohm, D. "On Creativity." JSTOR. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.

Chinese American Museum. 2016. Photograph. N.p. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.

Nywoe. "Science and Art." Drawing. DEVIANT ART. 2013. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.

Snow, C.P. The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. New York: Cambridge UP, 1959, Print.

UCLA Anderson Steps with Bust of John Anderson. 2016. Photograph. N.p. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.

Vesna, Victoria. "Toward a Third Culture: Being in Between." Leonardo 34.2 (2001): 121-125. Print.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tracie. It is inspiring to review your thoughts on how a traditionally defined scientific subject can benefit from artistic or humanistic ideas. In fact, although many science subjects are purely theories and computations, things become complicated and hybrid when it comes to industry. Using economics as an example, when enacting (economic) policies, it is very important to take the culture of citizens into consideration, instead of copying unchanged ones from developed countries. For instance, Chinese and Americans have different attitude towards mortgage. The former tend to present higher desire to buy a house than the latter.