Merritt Moore is a world-class ballet dancer, a Ph.D. in Quantum Optics, a participant in the BBC Astronaut training series ‘Have You Got What It Takes’, featured in the book ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’ and listed in Forbes 30 under 30, and all by the age of thirty; these some of the not so small accomplishments in the impossible journey of Dr. Merritt Moore.
LA born, of a Korean mother and American father, Merritt’s upbringing equipped her with the curiosity, problem-solving skills, and the unconventional mindset to defy conventions that dictate the impossibility of being world class in Ballet and Quantum Physics at the same time
I hope you enjoy this conversational collision of art and science with Dr. Merritt Moore.
What we discuss
- The impact of Merritt’s upbringing on her ability to perform at a world-class level
- How they combined science and arts to inspire her imagination
- The empowerment strategies they employed that shaped her view of what’s possible
- The media exclusion tactics used to insulate them from 90’s reality influence
- How science and art infused her life from an early age.
- How the Ballet bug bit her
- How a serendipitous encounter in Italy aged 15 defined her ballet journey.
- How she developed her love of quantum physics
- How her father’s goal-defining challenge set her on a course of excellence over perfection.
- Her lack of fearlessness and perception of risk and failure.
- How she applies creativity in science research
- Her application of science to improve her ballet
- Her astronaut training experience
- The challenge we set ourselves to connect Merritt with Elon Musk
- Her views on diversity and inclusion in education
- How historic media reinforces gender stereotypes
- What she’d do with the keys to White House
- Her principles
- Her hard choices
- Her inspirations
- The book she recommends
- Her impossible advice
Links in show
The Book She Recommends That We Offer – The Art of LearningSylvie Guillem
Melissa Franklin – HarvardQuantum Physics