Three people each holding a musical instrument: a double bass, a violin and a guitar.
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Science in Focus: Maths in Music

Presented by University of Technology Sydney

Mathematics and music. Everyone believes they go together. But what does that actually mean? Here is one musical mathematician’s answer!

People often say that Maths and Music go together. Accompanied by University of Technology Sydney’s Ensemble-in-residence, the Australian Piano Quartet, Tony Dooley will explore this idea from the point of view of a practising mathematician.

How does harmonic analysis lie in both areas? And what did J.S. Bach mean when he titled his 48 preludes and fugues “For the well-tempered clavier”?

Come and listen to some remarkable music spanning three centuries and which brings to life the many synergies between the two areas.

Join us from 5:30pm for canapés and a drink on arrival. Talk and performance to commence at 6:00pm.

Professor Tony Dooley is the Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at University of Technology Sydney and previously Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath, UK, where he was Deputy Head of Department and the inaugural Director of the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation.  Before that, he was Professor of Mathematics at UNSW, where he was Head of School of Mathematic s and Statistics, Chair of the Academic Board and Associate Dean (Strategy).

Australia Piano Quartet (APQ) brings together Australia’s most respected and dynamic instrumentalists. In 2018/19 APQ is joined by violinist Anna Da Silva Chen as artist-in-residence.