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Stephon Alexander

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe



Kepler’s is getting both hip and deep as we host jazz musician and award-winning physics professor Stephon Alexander to talk about the nexus of music and the universe in The Jazz of Physics.

This book takes readers on a cosmological journey to a place where music, physics and the cosmos are one. Alexander will share the origins of his passion for music and physics, a journey that took him from a childhood in the Bronx to studying theoretical physics at Imperial College, London’s inner sanctum of string theory. The Jazz of Physics takes readers on a firsthand journey of discovery and wonder, unveiling not only the machinery of modern physics and cosmology but also shining a light on the ancient mysteries that physicists face and how John Coltrane used physics and geometry to shape his brilliant musical art.

Like a combination of David Byrne’s insights in How Music Works, the profound cosmology of Stephen Hawking, and the soulful refrains on a John Coltrane record, Stephon Alexander truly promises to bring “the music of the spheres” here to Kepler’s.

Stephon Alexander is a Professor of Physics at Brown University and the winner of the 2013 American Physical Society Bouchet Award. He is also a jazz musician and recently finished recording his first electronic jazz album with Erin Rioux.

Read the review in The Wall Street Journal.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349