## Music and Mathematics: From Pythagoras to FractalsFrom Ancient Greek times, music has been seen as a mathematical art, and the relationship between mathematics and music has fascinated generations. This collection of wide ranging, comprehensive and fully-illustrated papers, authorized by leading scholars, presents the link between these two subjects in a lucid manner that is suitable for students of both subjects, as well as the general reader with an interest in music. Physical, theoretical, physiological, acoustic, compositional and analytical relationships between mathematics and music are unfolded and explored with focus on tuning and temperament, the mathematics of sound, bell-ringing and modern compositional techniques. |

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### Contents

an overview | 1 |

closing the spiral | 13 |

Kepler and his readers | 29 |

The science of musical sound | 47 |

Faggots fretful fiasco | 61 |

combinational tones and consonance | 77 |

The geometry of music | 91 |

bells and mathematics | 113 |

sets rows | 131 |

Microtones and projective planes | 149 |

Composing with fractals | 163 |

Notes on contributors | 173 |

Acknowledgements | 183 |

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Music and Mathematics: From Pythagoras to Fractals John Fauvel,Raymond Flood,Robin J. Wilson Limited preview - 2003 |

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