I’ve been studying the research on the results of integrating science and art and have been amazed by what I’ve read. In the process I recalled that Einstein’s brain was unique because of the glial cells, but I hadn’t thought much about the bridge and its effect on his left brain right brain thinking other than the fact his spatial reasoning was highly developed. Did having the hemispheres more united help him imagine and reason at the same time? I think so.
Einstein commented that when he played the violin he was better able to form ideas. Research studies confirm that art integrated into a school curriculum does make a difference in test scores for math. Integrating Music has produced the same results. Einstein’s brain was average sized, but about 15% wider in the inferior parietal. The Corpus Callosum muscle that connected his left and right brain was longer. That means more information traveling quickly and more freely from one side to the other; there were more connected thoughts. The brain is a muscle and responds to use. In other words, Einstein’s brain was the result of being used, and used in ways not commonly trained to be used.
What I’m considering now is the violin: did using music to help him think, expand the parietal and build a longer bridge between his two hemispheres?
Do we owe music a thank you for helping build the brain that envisioned the Theory of Relativity? I think so.