Wall Street Journal: Blue Notes and Blackboards

Science benefits from the same kind of leaps of intuition that a sax player makes when soloing.

Wall Street Journal: Blue Notes and Blackboards

“The love affair between music and science began in an ancient Greek blacksmith shop, where the legendary Pythagoras did the first experiments connecting ratios and sounds, such as the lengths of plucked strings and their pitches. The strange and wonderful connection between numbers and music has continued to be the subject of fascinated study to this day. (I wrote an entire book on it.) In “The Jazz of Physics,” Brown University physicist Stephon Alexander explores the analogies between jazz and scientific inquiry, especially its improvisational, free-form side.

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