"Mathematics and Music"
Stewart* (Mathematics, University of Toronto)
March 1, 2001
6:00 - 9:00
The Fields Institute
Many people have remarked
that mathematicians tend to be musical. In an attempt to explain this
phenomenon, this talk will explore some of the similarities between mathematics
and music and in particular how it relates to: rhythm, harmony, melody, and
form. Dr. Stewart will provide musical illustrations on his violin.
*Dr. Stewart is Professor
Emeritus of Mathematics at McMaster University, but is now teaching at the
University of Toronto. His books include a series of high school mathematics
textbooks as well as calculus texts for universities. He was concertmaster of
the McMaster Symphony Orchestra for many years and also played the violin
professionally in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. His greatest musical
pleasure, however, is playing string quartets.
The winner of a copy of one of James Stewart's Calculus books
was: Aline Ribeiro. Congratulations! We all had the pleasure of singing
"the Derivative Song" for more such math songs by Tom Lehrer have a
A special thank you goes to Alex Sun and Xin Ha who took
part in the musical section of the evening. Unfortunately, one of the
violinists, Ursula, scheduled to play a duet with James was unable to
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