Session N3: Invited Session: Physics For Everyone

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Room: Ballroom III

Sponsoring Unit: DMP
Chair: Laura H. Greene, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract ID: BAPS.2013.MAR.N3.3

Abstract: N3.00003 : How the ``Blues'' reveals the intimacy of music and physics

12:27 PM–1:03 PM

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  J. Murray Gibson
    (Northeastern University, College of Science)

Little do most people know when they hear blues piano -- and you'll hear some live in this talk -- that physics permeates the style, as it does all of music. Why should you care? By deconstructing blues piano the intimacy of physics, mathematics and music will be revealed in its glory.\footnote{Gibson, J. M. ``The birth of the blues: how physics underlies music,'' Reports on Progress in Physics \textbf{72}, 076001, (2009).} The exercise says something about how the brains of the music composer and of the listener must be intimately linked to the physical principles of acoustics. ~And it provides a great vehicle to explain physical phenomena to non-scientists -- everything from quantum mechanics to protein structure.

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