Science, music, and mathematics : the deepest connections /

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World Scientific Publishing,, Hackensack, NJ, United States, p.xiv, 213 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00864229, (OCoLC)fst01030393, (OCoLC)fst01030408, (OCoLC)fst01030418, (OCoLC)fst01030488, (OCoLC)fst01030788, aat, Aspect psychologique., Changements., Climat, Climate Change, climate change., Climatic changes., fast, Mathematics., Mathématiques., Music, Music and science., Musical perception., Musique, Musique et sciences., Perception de la musique., Philosophie et esthétique., Philosophy and aesthetics., Psychological aspects.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Foreword / by Herbert E. Huppert FRS -- Preface -- The unconscious brain -- What is lucidity? What is understanding? -- Mindsets, evolution, and language -- Acausality illusions, and the way perception works -- What is science? -- Music, mathematics, and the Platonic -- Postlude. The amplifier metaphor for climate."Professor Michael Edgeworth McIntyre is an eminent scientist who has also had a part-time career as a musician. From a lifetime's thinking, he offers this extraordinary synthesis exposing the deepest connections between science, music, and mathematics, while avoiding equations and technical jargon. He begins with perception psychology and the dichotomization instinct and then takes us through biological evolution, human language, and acausality illusions all the way to the climate crisis and the weaponization of the social media, and beyond that into the deepest parts of theoretical physics - demonstrating our unconscious mathematical abilities. He also has an important message of hope for the future. Contrary to popular belief, biological evolution has given us not only the nastiest, but also the most compassionate and cooperative parts of human nature. This insight comes from recognizing that biological evolution is more than a simple competition between selfish genes. Rather, he suggests, in some ways it is more like turbulent fluid flow, a complex process spanning a vast range of timescales. Professor McIntyre is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS) and has worked on problems as diverse as the Sun's magnetic interior, the Antarctic ozone hole, jet streams in the atmosphere, and the psychophysics of violin sound. He has long been interested in how different branches of science can better communicate with each other and with the public, harnessing aspects of neuroscience and psychology that point toward the deep 'lucidity principles' that underlie skilful communication"--