Following up from my post about the congruity between the Romantics and Science Fiction, I came across a review
of Richard Holmes' The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
in today's Observer
What's crucial is that in those days, society saw no gulf between the artist and the scientist. This point is important one. It makes it clear that CP Snow's assertion - that society is split into two basic irreconcilable cultures, science and the arts - lacks any pedigree and is, indeed, most likely a false dichotomy. As Holmes makes clear, 200 years ago, poets, writers and scientist shared a common vision of Nature. There is no reason why they should not do so again.