Artfully put

December 2, 2005

Scientist David McAlpine may well be proud of his mastery of the intellectual rigour of the arts. So much so that he sees fit, in his letter on the C. P. Snow two cultures divide debate, to comment on the visual arts: "where no one appears able to inform the emperor of his nudity"

("Divided on the divide", Letters, November 18).

May I respectfully suggest that on the basis of this exceedingly silly statement, the good professor does not know his arts from his elbow?

Áine Duffy

Head of media relations and marketing

Royal College of Art

London

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