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The Sensual Universe - Harmony in the cosmos
Imperial Astrophysics Group present a new series of public lectures entitled
THE SENSUAL UNIVERSE.
Astrophysics for the five senses.
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
Harmony in the Universe. Between Science and Music
Nobody can hear you scream in space. So, isn't space an unlikely place to look for music? But the concept of harmony transcends both music and the understanding of the world by contemporary science and astrophysics.
The quest for harmony allows us to address questions beyond pure science such as: What is the relation between cosmos, music and mathematics that was discovered in ancient Greece? Can we listen to stars, galaxies and the primordial universe? How does the representation of the universe influence musical creation? And many others.
These questions will offer a cosmic ballade that will take you from the Solar system, to pulsars, all the way to the cosmic microwave background. This lecture will invite you to extend your sense of hearing well beyond what you are used to.
Click here for further details and to book a free place. The lecture is free but advance booking is required.
Jean-Philippe Uzan is a director of research at CNRS and works on cosmology and gravitation at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. Alongside his academic work, he is the author of several dozen articles and books for the general public (some for children). He is interested in the connection between science, art and education. He participated to the play KANT directed by Etienne Pommeret, the documentary "Une étoile est née" by Philippe Tourancheau, projects for children with the cartoonist Benoît Jacques, and music with the Vostok project.
25 October 2012
Lecture Theatre 340, Huxley Building,
Imperial College London, Prince Consort Rd London SW7 2AZ, UK