Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics
The chief music critic of The New York Times explores the mysterious relationship between music and mathematics, detailing their common origins, their historical interconnections, and the similarities in their stated goals. 20,000 first printing.
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The difference between knotted and untangled circles of strings, for example, has
something to do with loops — how we move our pens from one point to another
and return to our starting point, or make lassos out of lines. As with spaces ...
74 We can see the differences between these loops by imagining that they are
created by a small bit of string being held at the starting point by our fingers. Loop
3, on the surface, is similar to the type of loop we can imagine on a sphere: if we ...
Loops on the plane are thus all equivalent to a point, which is actually a constant
loop: it starts in one spot and stays there. Loops around a circle are quite different
. It has an infinite number of homotopy classes, an infinite number of types of ...
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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
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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
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