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Bach, the Universe and Everything: Can you hear the shape of a drum?

University of Oxford: Mathematical InstituteRadcliffe Observatory Andrew Wiles Building Woodstock Rd, Oxford, South-East, OX2 6GG, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 21 November 202117:30

Bach, the Universe and Everything is the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's science and music series for questioning and inquisitive minds. 

THE MUSIC

BWV 26 Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig (Ah, how fleeting, ah how insignificant) Today’s cantata is a cheery one about our impending death. The sense of futility is particularly well captured in the opening chorale which feels frantic and primeval. All souls welcome. 

THE SCIENCE 

Professor Jon Chapman from the University of Oxford invites us to ponder the fleeting moment when sound waves reach our ears before it disappears. Using some careful calculations, Jon suggests that we might even be able to hear the shape of a drum.

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