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Public Lectures

The program of the conference contemplates two Public Lectures directed to a general attendance, which will take place in the Conference venue: Villa Farnesina, via della Lungara 230, Roma. Mouse over the pictures to read short biographies.

Noam Elkies

portrait of Noam Elkies

Harvard University, mathematician, composer and pianist

Canonical Forms:
A Mathematician's View of
Musical Canons

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 19:00

Alain Connes

portrait of Alain Connes

Collège de France and IHES, winner of the Fields Medal in 1982

The Music

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 19:00

Since the discovery, by the Pitaghorean School, that the tones of the musical scale are expressed by simple fractional numbers, the relationship between Mathematics and Music has been very tight, and a source of inspiration both for mathematicians and for musicians. It is sufficient to think of the Well-Tempered Clavier or the canons by Bach, to the musical treaty by Giuseppe Tartini, to the invention of Harmonic Analysis by Joseph Fourier, up to the present days with musicians whose mathematical inspiration is know and evident like Pierre Boulez or Philip Glass. The two public lectures will explore the history of this relation on the light of mathematical disciplines which are nowadays the object of frontier research, such as Number Theory and Noncommutative Geometry.

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