The introduction of technology in the twenty-first century has undoubtedly led to the domination of science in all aspects of society. Our everyday lives have been characterized and revolutionized by these technological advancements. Tools like smartphones and smartwatches have fulfilled our biggest needs and desires, making our lives easier, better and more enjoyable. But does this dominance present as a threat to other realms, such as literature, which were once highly regarded as an integral part of society?

Science and technology have shaped the rhetoric of the 21st century. Robots and artificial intelligence have revolutionized the labor market and increased efficiency in production, while organ transplants have saved thousands of lives every year. Genetic engineering has increased agricultural productivity and is important in the creation of many vaccines and drugs within the medical field, while the introduction of nuclear power has transformed the way in which we use energy. While each and every one of these scientific developments has dramatically changed our day-to-day lives, the field of science alone has not contributed to this revolution.

Take, for instance, the development of a new drug or vaccine. The creation of the drug by scientists is only one part of the story. How the drug is implemented and integrated into society, however, is another important consideration that is often overlooked. This is where the field of literature and humanities plays a crucial role. Scientific discoveries are relayed from the laboratory and out into the real world through publications in scientific literature. The public response to a new drug or vaccine, therefore, is dependent on the manner and effectiveness by which these ideas are conveyed. In this way, literature and humanities act as a bridge between intellectual scientists and the general public. The means of communication of scientific ideas is just as important as the science itself. Without the presence of this literary culture, scientific discoveries would never reach the public, and therefore fail to serve its purpose of contributing to the improvement of humanity. In that way, the presence of the literary culture humanizes science. It transforms what would otherwise be a multitude of raw data and calculations, into a means that can be easily understood and applicable to humanity. Moreover, it forces scientists to ask questions like “So what?” and consequently reflect on the relevance of their discoveries.

Thus, it can be said that science and literature must coexist . While science has certainly set the paradigm for and dominated the twenty-first century, it did not do so alone. The humanities have been crucial to enhancing the role of science in today’s world. When scientists are able to communicate effectively through literature publications, science thrives. The ability to communicate more effectively builds support for science, promotes an understanding of its wider relevance to society and makes the field more diverse and inclusive. The co-existence of the two cultures ultimately fosters collaboration and innovation for future discoveries that will serve to benefit humanity as a whole.