Mathematics and Music (David Wright)

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Mathematics and Music (David Wright)

Many people have an innate understanding of the relationship between mathematics and music. Both involve counting if nothing else. Of course, the association is considerably more complicated than that.

The book by David Wright explores the connections between mathematics and music while going over the necessary foundational ideas in each field as they are discovered. Readers will improve their knowledge of both mathematics and music along the way. The two topics are developed side by side, and the work examines their shared roots.

Scales and modular arithmetic, intervals and logarithms, tone and trigonometry, and timbre and harmonic analysis are a few examples of concepts that are combined with mathematics and music. Discussions of musical and mathematical concepts are often intertwined. Sometimes the conversation focuses for a long on one issue and not the other, but finally, the connection is made, making this a treatment of the two themes that integrates them.

The book serves as a textbook for a college course at the freshman level that is appropriate for students who are musically or mathematically inclined, with the goal of dispelling whatever misgivings either group may have about the other discipline.

Each chapter concludes with an exercise. High school-level proficiency in algebra, trigonometry, functions, and graphs are requirements in math. Although all of these concepts are covered in the text, the learner should have some prior musical experience with musical staffs, standard clefs, and key signatures.

Ebook Details

About the Authors
Professor and department head of mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, David Wright.
Published Date / Year
(August 25, 2009)
161 pages
eBook Format
PDF (176 pages, 1.2 MB)

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