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Published on Jun 6, 2011
Mathematics and music are a match made in heaven and even the most unschooled rock musician uses more mathematics than he or she realizes. This talk will survey interesting connections between mathematics and music, including trigonometric identities and tunings, small fractions and musical intervals, circular seating arrangements, scales and rhythm guitar, derivation of the blues and graph colourings, and the musical art of being ambiguous (or not).
Jason I. Brown is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Dalhousie University. His work that used mathematics to uncover mysteries surrounding the music of the Beatles has garnered worldwide attention. His new book, "Our Days Are Numbered" explains how mathematics can make life not only more interesting and meaningful, but all of us more creative. Dr. Brown is accompanied by Jacob Wendt, Anthony Shadduk, and Duane Broberg.