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

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This book is an absolute delight to read. Alexander has an extremely charming perspective on the groovy nature of the universe. It's easy for physics laymen to understand and paints a comprehensive picture of an indeed jazzy world. 

— From Melodie


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.

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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780465034994
ISBN-10: 0465034993
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English