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Lunch & Learn: Geometry and Music with Dmitri Tymoczko

dtfullscreen.jpg“There is a natural and, to my mind, extremely beautiful mapping between concepts that have been around for hundred of years among musicians and concepts that are natural to mathematicians,” explains Dmitri Tymoczko, Assistant Professor of Music at Princeton. The mapping is so natural, he continues, that it’s not that much of a stretch to say that musicians have been doing geometry for the past two centuries without perhaps quite realizing it.
When you translate what musicians talk about into mathematical language, the geometry that results is a relatively recent one, he notes. Hence, perhaps the reason that his recent paper on Geometry and Music was accepted for publication in the journal Science, the first paper on music theory to be published in the prestigious journal in its 127 year history.

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