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Meanwhile Planck had been appointed dean of Berlin University, whereby it was possible for him to call Einstein to Berlin and establish a new professorship for him (1914). Soon the two scientists became close friends and met frequently to play music together.

I can't think of any smarter musicians than these two (Max Planck and Albert Einstein), so the question is: Who are the smartest musicians who made a career out of music?


I believe Brian May of Queen has a Ph.D in astrophysics.

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#2
Damn right.



His thesis was a 200+ pages essay called A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud.

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#3
Bruce Dickinson is a pilot. I'm sure he's probably pretty smart.
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Philosophy wise I would say Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. They have done everything to be done, and made many mistakes. We can learn from their music but we can also learn from their lives.
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#5
This thread has been done countless times

A smart musician is one that can use Search
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#6
there's a huge amount of Musicians who have Ph.D's.
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#7
Rivers Cuomo went to Harvard. I know he doesn't compare to Einstein, but I'd imagine it's still an achievement.
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All of muse were in university and had jobs before they become a big time band. They were in a small band at the time and they came 1st in this competition so they quit their jobs, left university and went on to big huge in their band Muse.
#9
Brian May is gonna dominate this thread.
The man wrote 3 textbooks, c'mon!
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Dexter Holland.
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I believe Brian May of Queen has a Ph.D in astrophysics.


He needs one to produce those spacey guitar sounds.
#14
Chuck Schuldaner always struck me as a smart guy.

Oh, and definitely Tom Morello. He was on the dean's list a freaking Harvard.
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This thread has been done countless times

A smart musician is one that can use Search



none on the first page of search results, so I assume they are old enough to warrant a new thread.

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Neil Peart is supposed to be very well-read in philosophy, especially Aristotle. Although he didn't even finish high school.
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Neil Peart is supposed to be very well-read in philosophy, especially Aristotle. Although he didn't even finish high school.


o rly?

seriously, thats pretty interesting.
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#20
Paul Gilbert teaches at GIT in La,

Johnny Marr is a Professor at Salford University in England (I study there)

What the members of Dreamtheater don't know about theory isn't really worth knowing.

Beethoven because he pretty much wrote the book on symphonic form. (possibly literally)

Bach, for literally writing the book on harmony and inventing the fugue form

also i heard this quote once

a brain surgeon and a musician are very similar. both are very good at their trade. but doing the other would be disastrous
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Paul Gilbert teaches at GIT in La,

Johnny Marr is a Professor at Salford University in England (I study there)

What the members of Dreamtheater don't know about theory isn't really worth knowing.

Beethoven because he pretty much wrote the book on symphonic form. (possibly literally)

Bach, for literally writing the book on harmony and inventing the fugue form

also i heard this quote once

a brain surgeon and a musician are very similar. both are very good at their trade. but doing the other would be disastrous


Jordan Rudess makes all his patches for keyboard too...or that might have been Jens Johanssen come to think of it

Also, I plan to train as a brain surgeon yet have an A* in music GCSE and I'm grade 8 at guitar, so lets hope I'd still be a good brain surgeon.

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#26
Greg Graffin from Bad Religion has a PhD in Evolutionary biology and teaches at UCLA, he also has an offensively big vocabulary that he loves to show off.
Blake Scharzenbach of Jawbreaker is an English professor and has written a few books IIRC.
I heard that Frank Zappa had an IQ of 175, not sure how true that is though.

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Neil Peart is supposed to be very well-read in philosophy, especially Aristotle. Although he didn't even finish high school.


He has read at least one Ayn Rand book all the way through, he can't be that smart.

There, we got the obligatory Rush/Fassa joke out of the way

EDIT:I had no idea that Johnny Marr was a professor
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#27
Mick Jagger studied at the London School of Economics, and if my understanding is correct, for the bulk of the band's career, he's had at least a hand if not more in the band's general management.
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#28
I've heard Thomas Erak is supposed to be quite intelligent. Zappa and Brian May as well. Also John Frusciante, Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez Lopez appear very intelligent from interviews with them.
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#29
Max Planck was teh br00thulz
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^ I like to imagine that if he was in a modern band, he would be in Arcturus' La Masquerade Infernale Album, playing the string quartet and organ parts.

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Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n"

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You think you're smart, huh? You think you can come up here and take a piece of this, huh, you?

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Richard Feynman - Renowned physicist and bongo player.
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No way

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Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n"

- John Milton, Paradise Lost
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^ I like to imagine that if he was in a modern band, he would be in Arcturus' La Masquerade Infernale Album, playing the string quartet and organ parts.

He would be in Wormed writting about the photoelectric effect and quantum tunnelling
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#37
I always thought Sting seemed like a pretty clever guy.
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there's a huge amount of Musicians who have Ph.D's.

You can get a Ph.D in literally anything. You could get one in cheese sculpting if you wanted to.
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Smartest musicians...or most musically-inclined scientists?


Philosoraptor, right there. And I'd reckon Paul Masvidal is pretty smart, not the smartest though.


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