Science and the arts -- a connection??? On January 4th James Palmer, a professor of optics at the UA, died from Cancer. What was interesting about Dr. Palmer was that he was not only an outstanding engineer (including winning the NASA Group Achievement Award), but he was also an outstanding musician. His musical credentials included performing with Herbie Hancock and as a backup singer with the Brubeck Quartet. In addition he performed in locations from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie hall. Having said that, my question is this this: Is there a connection between science/math and the arts? It seems that there are so many outstanding scientists/engineers who are also outstanding artists (including Einstein), that I wonder about a connection. I wonder what you all think? This is important because I see the American educational system cutting the arts in favor of “the basics” like math. While I of all people believe that math is important, could we be killing the goose that laid the golden egg by killing off arts education? What do you all think?