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Portland State of Mind: Exploring the Geometry of Music with Technology
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:30pm
Portland State of Mind: Exploring the Geometry of Music with Technology

What: Exploring the Geometry of Music with Technology a lecture by Steven A. Bleiler, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

When: Friday, October 19, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) Browsing Lounge, room 238, 1825 SW Broadway

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Steven A. Bleiler, bleilers@pdx.edu, 503-725-2208

“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, and music in the spacing of the spheres” - Pythagoras

For over two millennia now, when faced with this very famous statement from the father of nearly all Western mathematics, people have asked what really is this “geometry of humming strings” or “music of the spheres” ? This talk explores how modern computational software capabilities grant us new ways of visualizing and hearing musical and geometrical and landscapes. This happy trick is performed via the elimination of various arithmetical and computational barriers that have previously stymied those untrained in musical theory or mathematical and arithmetical techniques from fully appreciating Pythagoras’ remarkable observation.

This event is hosted by PSU's Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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