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From Music to Mathematics

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From Music to Mathematics

Exploring the Connections

Taking a "music first" approach, Gareth E. Roberts's From Music to Mathematics will inspire students to learn important, interesting, and at times advanced mathematics. Ranging from a discussion of the geometric sequences and series found in the rhythmic structure of music to the phase-shifting techniques of composer Steve Reich, the musical concepts and examples in the book motivate a deeper study of mathematics.

Comprehensive and clearly written, From Music to Mathematics is designed to appeal to readers without specialized knowledge of mathematics or music. Students are taught the relevant concepts from music theory (notation, scales, intervals, the circle of fifths, tonality, etc.), with the pertinent mathematics developed alongside the related musical topic. The mathematics advances in level of difficulty from calculating with fractions, to manipulating trigonometric formulas, to constructing group multiplication tables and proving a number is irrational.

Topics discussed in the book include

Introductory music theory
The science of sound
Tuning and temperament
Symmetry in music
The Bartók controversy
Change ringing
Twelve-tone music
Mathematical modern music
The Hemachandra–Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio
Magic squares
Phase shifting

Featuring numerous musical excerpts, including several from jazz and popular music, each topic is presented in a clear and in-depth fashion. Sample problems are included as part of the exposition, with carefully written solutions provided to assist the reader. The book also contains more than 200 exercises designed to help develop students' analytical skills and reinforce the material in the text. From the first chapter through the last, readers eager to learn more about the connections between mathematics and music will find a comprehensive textbook designed to satisfy their natural curiosity.

From Music to Mathematics
Exploring the Connections
Publication Date: 2016
Status: Available
Usually ships 2-3 business days after receipt of order.
Trim Size: 7" x 10"
Page Count: 320 pages
Illustrations: 13 b&w photos, 1 b&w illus, 216 line drawings
ISBN: 9781421419183
Subject: Mathematics