St. Jerome's Bridges Lecture Series presents:
"In time & out of tune: Some perspectives on consonance and dissonance"
Speakers: Ian Quinn, Yale (Music) Thomas Ivey, College of Charleston (Mathematics)
Both of us - a mathematician and a music theorist - bridle when we hear someone say "music is all mathematics," but we also know that music has many mathematical secrets. Math is essential to the problem of tuning musical instruments, and helps explain which combinations of musical notes are consonant and which are dissonant. But does this determine what sounds good and what doesn't? The answer - yes and no - involves prime numbers, hairy ears, a brain evolved for language, and why you shouldn't pick a fight with someone who plays the kettledrum.
This event is part of the Bridges lecture series sponsored by St. Jerome's University, the Mathematics Endowment Fund and the uWaterloo Faculty of Arts. Each of the series' public lectures will be delivered jointly by a mathematician and a non-mathematician.
More information about the series can be found at sju.ca/bridges
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