This Sounds like Science: Why Music is Maths

Why do guitars, flutes and voices sound different? How do we hear the different notes in a piece of music? Why does the sound of a whistle feel simpler than that of a violin? Most importantly, what does all of this have to do with the cover of Pink Floyd’s “The dark side of the moon”?

Join Professor Geordie Williamson at the City Recital Hall for a journey into the shape of sound and sound waves to explore the fascinating world of timbre, overtones, modes and frequencies. These ideas are amongst the most fundamental tools of modern mathematics and physics.

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This Sounds Like Science is supported by and co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with the sciences.

Stephen Morgan

Event Details


Aug 07, 2019
12:30pm – 1:30pm




City Recital Hall
2 Angel Place
Sydney NSW 2000