Emblems of the Mind
Igor Stravinsky declared that mathematics is "as useful to [the musician] as the learning of another language is to a poet." In this elegant exploration, Edward Rothstein, the cultural critic for The New York Times, reveals the profound and intriguing links between these two arts. Neither history nor theory, Emblems Of Mind is an insightful and enthralling speculation that grapples with grand philosophical issues and mundane experience alike--invoking the poetry of Wordsworth, the theories of Levi-Stauss, the images of Plato, and the philosophy of Kant as it illuminates the beautiful, mysterious mathematics beneath "the art of combination which is composition." Book jacket.
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EMBLEMS OF MIND: The Inner Life of Music and MathematicsUser Review - Kirkus
A thoughtful exploration of the ``deep structure'' similarities between the intellectual graces of music and mathematics. Now chief music critic for the New York Times, Rothstein was trained as a ... Read full review
Emblems of mind: the inner life of music and mathematicsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Rothstein, who is both a mathematician and a musician, is currently the chief music critic for the New York Times. In moving back and forth between the worlds of music and mathematics, he has ... Read full review