In this eye-opening video, Merritt explains how she was constantly told she could not pursue her two passions simultaneously…
Merritt Moore has spent nearly 10 years studying quantum physics and is about to graduate from Oxford University with a PhD. The 29-year-old is also a professional ballerina and has danced with English National Ballet, Boston Ballet and Zurich Ballet.
Here’s the video of Merritt Moore explaining why she can’t choose between her passions, and how one inspires the other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axObip4RpJA
She says “My physics grades and passion for the subject improve when I’m dancing as well”
This statement ties in nicely with A 2008 paper by Dr. Robert Root Bernstein of the University of Michigan, which found that Nobel Laureates in sciences are 22 times more likely than the average scientist to sing, dance, act, or perform in some way; 7 times more likely to be a visual artist; and 12 times more likely to write poetry and literature.
We see this trend of art spurring scientific innovation in the biographies of great scientists. One example is Alexander Graham Bell – he was a gifted pianist, and his observations about how musical chords travelled through the air inspired him to invent the telephone.
Albert Einstein said, “I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”