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Image: Professor Geordie Williamson

This Sounds Like Science: Why Music is Maths

Presented by City Recital Hall

Have you ever pondered the inextricable link between science and music? City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia invite you to explore music on a different level in our free lunchtime series This Sounds Like Science.

Leading Australian researchers lend their expertise to topics including the role of music in breakthrough scientific studies on music and philosophy, periodic scales and the elements, music by robots, music and maths and music, feeling and emotion.

This Sounds Like Science is supported by and co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with the sciences.

Why Music Is Maths

Why do guitars, flutes and voices sound different?  How do we hear the different notes in a piece of music? Why does the sound of a whistle feel simpler than that of a violin? Most importantly, what does all of this have to do with the front cover of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon?

Join Professor Geordie Williamson for a journey into the shape of sound and sound waves, to explore the fascinating world of timbre, overtones, modes and frequencies – ideas among the most fundamental tools of modern mathematics and physics.

Geordie Williamson is a professor of mathematics at the University of Sydney. He grew up in the Southern Highlands of NSW and discovered a passion for mathematics late in his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney. He spent over a decade in Europe before returning to Australia in 2017. He has lectured all over the world from Patagonia to Kyoto, and has received numerous international prizes for his work. In 2018 he was inducted as the youngest living fellow of the Royal Society.

Feel free to bring your lunch into the auditorium. Our Ground Floor Foyer Bar is stocked with a range of light meal options or you can BYO.