Music by the Numbers
From Pythagoras to Schoenberg
Princeton University Press 2018
New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in HistoryNew Books in MathematicsNew Books in MusicNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Science & TechnologyNew Books in Science, Technology, and SocietyNew Books Network July 18, 2018 Jim Stein
Most of us have heard of the math-music connection, but Eli Maor’s Music by the Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg (Princeton University Press, 2018) is THE book that explains what that connection is, and how both math and music connect to both physics and biology. There are wonderful anecdotes detailing the lives and creations of many of the great musicians, mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers who have contributed to creating music and our understanding of it. If you love music – and who doesn’t – you’ll enjoy reading this book, even if you don’t love math. And maybe, even if you don’t love math, you’ll have a greater appreciation of it after you finish the book.