The Jazz of Physics

The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

A fascinating examination of the interconnected mysteries of our music and universe.

By Stephon Alexander Read by Don Hagen Music / Nonfiction / Science English, Unabridged 7h 39m Sell Sheet
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6 Audio CDs July 25, 2017 $49.99 $39.99 9781520078144 Add to Cart
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							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. Now, physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to investigate physics. Following in the tradition of the great minds that first drew links between music and physics-Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim-The Jazz of Physics visits both the ancient realm where music, physics, and the cosmos were one and Alexander's own life. For, in Alexander's attempts to reconcile and balance his own passion for music and physics, he uncovered a connection between the fundamental waves that make up sound and the fundamental waves that make up everything else-a connection which reveals that, when the ancient poetic idea of the "music of the spheres" is taken seriously, it can clarify some of physics' most vexing questions.

"Using his own life as the baseline, Alexander...sweetly riffs on deep connections between music and cosmology...Alexander's account of his own rise from humble beginnings to produce contributions to both cosmology and jazz is as interesting as the marvelous connections he posits between jazz and physics." - Publishers Weekly

"...Alexander explores resonances between music and physics...It's a vast, cosmic theme that includes quantum mechanics, superstring theory, the Big Bang, the evolution of galaxies, and the process of scientific theorizing itself...Alexander's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious." - Kirkus Reviews