Oh, the Humanities!

Google CEO Eric Schimdt recently told a UK audience that Britain was in danger of losing its technological edge and that a return to "the glory days of the Victorian era" — when science and the humanities were more integrated — is necessary, reports the Guardian's Timothy Stanley. "The message: Britain needs to invest in science, like the Victorians did, if it is to survive," Stanley adds.

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