Mathematics and Music: Aesthetic Links
MONT 109N     Spring 2012
MWF 9:00 - 9:50, Brooks Center 454

Mathematics and music, the most sharply contrasted fields of scientific activity which can be found, and yet related, supporting each other, as if to show forth the secret connection which ties together all the activities of our mind, and which leads us to surmise that the manifestations of the artist's genius are but the unconscious expressions of a mysteriously acting rationality.
Hermann von Helmholtz, 1884

How to succeed in this course:
*   Attend class, participate and ASK QUESTIONS
*   Do your homework regularly
*   Work with your classmates
*   Ask for HELP when necessary
*   Remember that learning can and should be FUN

Professor Gareth Roberts

Office: Haberlin 305
Phone: 508-793-2350
Office hours: Mon. 1 - 2, Tues. 1 - 3, Wed. 8 - 8:50 (in Cool Beans), 1 - 2, or by appointment.
(See my teaching and research schedule for other available times.)

NOTE: All downloadable files are PDF format unless otherwise noted.

* Important Information

* Important Dates: The following are required events:

  • Guest Lecture: ``Symmetry in Music,'' Professor John Little, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4:00 pm, Brooks 454
  • Talk by Sherry Turkle: Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 pm, Hogan Ballroom
  • Montserrat ``Unplugged'' Day: sundown--sundown, Feb. 17--18
  • Jazz Concert with Blue Champagne: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 - 9 pm, Hogan Ballroom
  • Cluster Slow Food/Local Food Dinner: Wednesday, March 21, 6 - 8 pm, Hogan Ballroom
  • Cluster End-of-Year Banquet: Wednesday, May 2, (evening), Hogan Ballroom
* Articles, CD Liner Notes, Class Handouts

* Lecture Notes

* Homework (All assignments due at the START of class.)

* Concert Reviews (Two reviews due by May 7)

* Midterm Exam

* Research Paper (Due April 13)

* Final Project

* Class picture from last semester

* Useful Links



* Academic Support for Students at Holy Cross

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