Most people are blessed with a particular talent; Good vocal but no music sense. Excel in Math but have no basic knowledge on physics. Play badminton but suck at back-hand return. Scientifically-literate and at the same time public-illiterate.
There are some who fare a little bit better; Playing multiple instrument but sucking in all of them. Playing multiple sports but ain't good enough to make a breakthrough in any. Good in scientific discussion but fail terribly in examination. These people are the so-called "Jack of all trade, master of none."
Of couse, there are this little fraction of people, who excel in whatever they're doing. More amazing, they ply their trade in two seemingly incompatible areas; arts and science. Educators have known for ages the fact that for general public, arts are incompatible with science. It is as if our brain has its own default settings to determine whether we are an-art-or-science people.
It is not to say that most of us are good either in science or arts and there is no chance for us to make a breakthrough because this is how nature makes us, in fact there are a lot of my classmates who play piano went on to become excellent science students. But to actually excel in their musical career, they would have to prove themselves against the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn, and that would require them to sacrifice a lot more time on music rather than their academics. And I seriously doubt that other than piano(which modern-Chinese-moms would normally want their children to learn) do they really have the musical sense-the factor that helps them pick up other instruments easily.
Yet evolution has been quite unfair really to produce some people who are incredibly talented. For example Prof. Brian Cox, a particle physicist from the University of Manchester(yeah I know he's hot).
|Looks more like a rocker than a Professor. Image: year2008-2009.student-direct.co.uk|
I believe most of us don't understand the scientific terms that are written above. But let's try this:
He is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC. He also had some fame in the 1990s as the keyboard player for the pop band, D:Ream.-wikipedia
In fact these sort of scientific terms are not what we expect to see on the resume of a lead guitarist of a rock band. Lo and behold, fate is more joker than I thought.
|Imagine your lecturer bearing a hairstyle like this. Image: brianmay.com|
These are the people that I would gladly call "Jack of all trade, master of all".