The Mysteries of Music

Can maths explain song?

Since the Pythagoreans first investigated the relationship between mathematics and harmony, we have developed theories to explain away the power of music. Is this an error? Should we relish the ineffability of music, or is this a capitulation to mindless romanticism?

Composer Joanna Bailie, Cambridge systems physicist Michael McIntyre, and author of The Music Instinct Philip Ball ask whether it is possible to explain music's power.

Click on the image to watch the debate!


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