The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

by Stephon Alexander


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A spectacular musical and scientific journey from the Bronx to the cosmic horizon that reveals the astonishing links between jazz, science, Einstein, and Coltrane

More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music.

Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics' most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim-The Jazz of Physics reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the Music of the Spheres," taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics.

The Jazz of Physics
will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465093571
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 83,231
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Stephon Alexander is a professor of physics at Brown University and the winner of the 2013 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award. He is also a jazz musician and released his first electronic jazz album with Erin Rioux. Alexander lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Giant Steps 11

2 Lessons from Leon 27

3 All Rivers Lead to Cosmic Structure 41

4 Beauty on Trial 51

5 Pythagorean Dream 69

6 Eno, the Sound Cosmologist 85

7 Thriving on a Riff 93

8 The Ubiquity of Vibration 101

9 The Defiant Physicists 117

10 The Space We Live In 125

11 Sonic Black Hole 137

12 The Harmony of Cosmic Structure 145

13 A Journey into Mark Turner's Quantum Brain 159

14 Feynman's Jazz Pattern 171

15 Cosmic Resonance 179

16 The Beauty of Noise 189

17 The Musical Universe 203

18 Interstellar Space 215

Epilogue 229

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 235

Index 243

About the Author 255

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