School Seminars and Colloquia

STRANGE HARMONIES: MATHEMATICS AND MUSIC

MUMS Seminar

by Dr. Marty Ross


Institution: The University of Melbourne
Date: Fri 15th August 2008
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Old Geology Building, University of Melb

Abstract: The association of music and mathematics is over 2500 years old, dating
(at least) to Pythagoras’s beautiful theory of harmony. This theory,
though very simple, leads almost immediately to intriguing and difficult
questions.


We shall consider some of the brilliant and strange ideas to which it has
given birth: why it is impossible to tune a harpsichord; what harmony can
tell you about the orbits of the planets; whether you can hear the shape
of a drum; and why Australians design better pianos.


Presented by Dr. Marty Ross, who has previously given lectures on the joys
of gambling, maths at the movies and the Da Vinci Code! Minimal maths
knowledge required.


FREE REFRESHMENTS SERVED AFTERWARDS!!
Hope to see you there!

For More Information: Lu Li l.li12@ugrad.unimelb.edu.au MUMS Publicity Officer 08