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.
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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
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
About the Author 255
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