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Carnegie Inst. Lecture: Symphonic Equations-A Mathematical Exploration of Music

For those of your who find the correlation between math and music interesting, this is the event for you.

Mathematics and music seem to come from different spheres (arts and sciences), yet they share an amazing array of commonalities. We will explore these connections by examining the musical experience from a mathematical perspective. Throughout the talk, mathematical concepts will come to life with musical examples played by members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the speaker, an amateur violinist.

This event is free but if you are going to attend, you need to register here: http://www.maa.org/dist-lecture/2013DL_SymphonicEquations.html. Following this link will also provide you with more information on the event.

How to Get There:

Metro: Dupont Circle Metro (Red Line); Walk east on P St. to 1530 P St NW.

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  • David G.

    Real fun evening, thx for letting me know of the event. It was a packed house so I doubt I would've found any one of the meetup crew. Maybe next time when a similar event is planned we could have a rendezvous point at a nearby location for a drink to talk/reflect upon the event. Thanks again!

    February 27, 2013

  • Bob

    Good speaker, entertaining presentation, if not the deepest dive into music and mathematics. Sorry I missed the Meetup crew; didn't see an organizer before, nor Julie's message until after, and I did have to bug out shortly after Q&A started. Until the next time. BTW, I think this kind of lecture is a great format for this meetup.

    February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Bob - sorry to have missed you but glad you enjoyed it

      February 27, 2013

  • Julie

    Hi folks- I just parked and will be there in about 5min. I'm wearing a white jacket and grey pants, and knit hat... will try to grab a group of seats toward the back on the aisle. If you're already there or want to reach me-[masked]

    February 26, 2013

  • Jocelyn

    Wow, I find this topic really interesting. I understand how sound frequencies work to some degree and how the Pythagoreans founded music theory. Is this an exhibition only showing on Feb 26th? I'd love to do a weekend thing where I could take my time absorbing all that information w/o having to worry about having work the next day.

    February 3, 2013

    • David G.

      Jocelyn- if you want to take time to absorb all the info, read my post and the link I provide. It might be a good option for you.

      February 9, 2013

    • Jocelyn

      Thanks David, I'll do that.

      February 26, 2013

  • David G.

    I invited my 9 year old niece who plays piano and likes math. So given that some of you might not particularly like hanging out with kids, I'll just hang out with her and meet the group on another occasion. BTW, my brother in law is on the waiting list and I think he may have gotten in. Good luck to all those on the waiting list.

    February 26, 2013

  • Jason

    Wow, I got in! See you tonight.

    February 26, 2013

  • Bob

    Waiting List just opened up for me. See you tonight.

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    see you all tonight!

    February 26, 2013

  • Katherine

    Oh I failed to register with the institute, not realizing it would fill, and so apparently will not be joining you. Have fun!

    February 25, 2013

  • Bob

    Lecture is FULL up, on the waiting list.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Like Jason said, all full. Bah, should've registered earlier. :(

    February 20, 2013

  • Jason

    Tried to join, but it looks like it is all full at this point. Will see if I get a positive reply from the organizers at the Carnegie Institute.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds very interesting!

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I am the host of this event. I won't be able to arrive until about 6:30. However Julie will be there by 6:15. She is going to try to claim a block of seats for us. If anyone else is able to make it on the earlier side that would be great as it will help us to hold a block of seats. If you aren't able to find the group before the event starts, afterward we will meet immediately outside of the lecture space. For anyone who is interested we will then head to a nearby restaurant (likely Agora: http://agoradc.net/) to chat about the lecture and just hang out in general.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will try.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here are a couple of neat books with beautiful illustrations - sort of related to the topic. I'm very excited for this event!...
    Elements of Music: Melody, Rhythm, and Harmony by Jason Martineau http://bit.ly/YgsSzk
    Golden Section: Nature's Greatest Secret by Scott Olsen
    http://bit.ly/Xe79Ml

    February 17, 2013

  • David G.

    For those of you who do not know the speaker (David Kung) he was recently invited to put a course for The Great Courses by the Teaching Company (they research and find the best professors to give presentations). The DVD is on introductory sale and I'm tempted to buy. Check out his 30 second video intro, pretty cool. ( http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=1373 ). I have an important soccer game that night and I'm torn between the two, but I registered for the lecture and hope it was a good choice.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm enthusiastically in! This will be my first event with the group - looking forward to meeting some of you!

    February 9, 2013

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