This Sounds Like Science: Music And The Cosmos

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

This Sounds Like Science: Music And The Cosmos

Have you ever pondered the inextricable link between science and music? City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia invite you to explore music on a different level in our free lunchtime series This Sounds Like Science.

Leading Australian researchers lend their expertise to topics including the role of music in breakthrough scientific studies on mental health, memory and even its effectiveness in the operating theatre.

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

Music And The Cosmos

The link between music and the cosmos runs deep. The concept of the harmony of the spheres has roots in Pythagorean times, when the harmonies of sound were related to the vibrations on a string. Wave-like patterns that embody sound also govern the motion of the planets, appear in the patterns of galaxies, and even determine the properties of particles. This may seem mystical, but it isn’t. When it comes to physics the rules are simple, and there are a limited number of moves nature can make. Like a chess player with restricted pieces, the universe repeatedly applies the same tools to counter diverse situations. Discover the deep connection between music and the universe around us through Gustav Holst’s The Planets accompanied by insights from acclaimed astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis. 

Professor Tamara Davis is an astrophysicist searching for the elusive “dark energy” that’s accelerating the universe. She’s measured time-dilation in distant supernovae, helped make one of the largest maps of the distribution of galaxies in the universe, seen evidence for sound waves from the big bang, and seriously considers whether we can use dark energy to make hoverboards. Tamara is the recipient of many prizes for her research, including the Astronomical Society of Australia's award for the young researcher with the highest international impact and the Australian Academy of Science’s Nancy Millis medal for female leadership in science.

Duration: approximately 1 hour, no interval 
Feel free to BYO lunch

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