November 20, 2013

Musical Mathematics

People, Places, and Ideas: Episode #10

As a mathematician and a musician, professor David Wright believes in approaching the world both analytically and artistically. Back in 2002, he designed and began teaching "Mathematics & Music," an undergraduate course focused on the connections between these two abstract and beautiful fields of study. Wright, who serves as associate director of the musical group Ambassadors of Harmony in addition to chairing the mathematics department at Washington University in St. Louis, shares some concepts from the course and reflects on both the artistry of mathematics and the mathematical structure of music.

For more sound clips and information about Wright's course, visit this article from the Washington University Newsroom.

image Daniel Paxton. audio internet archive beethoven - moonlight sonata, Gershwin - rhapsody in blue; Freesound ignotus, chipfork, carroll27; free music archive: oskar schuster, discount fireworks.