Music has long exerted unusual power over the scientific temperament. The 18th-century French mathematician Joseph Louis Lagrange proclaimed that he worked best to the sound of music. Einstein’s a vocational devotion to the violin is legendary.
The19th-century American chemist Charles Martin Hall was an accomplished pianist who, according to his sister, would rush to his piano whenever he encountered an intractable problem. Even “while playing with such charm and feeling”, she wrote, “he was thinking steadily of his work, and thinking the more clearly because of the music”.
Some scientists, indeed, have found music overly stimulating: in his later years Charles Darwin found concerts painful to attend because they set his mind off into “too rapid perambulations”. Dialogue, 2, 1991 – Fuvest
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