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Public Talk on Canonical Forms featuring Noam Elkies  (Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)

FRIB invites the community to the next Advanced Studies Gateway public talk event. A lecture about a mathematician's view of canonical forms featuring Harvard professor of mathematics Noam Elkies will begin at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 in 1300 FRIB Laboratory, 640 South Shaw Lane, on Michigan State University's campus.

In a musical canon-be it "Three Blind Mice" or the climax of a Bach fugue-a melody can act as its own harmony. The task of finding such melodies leads us to consider musical structure from points of view usually associated with science and mathematics, not the arts. The lecture will be illustrated with diagrams as well as a variety of musical examples (including at least one improvised in real time), and will require no technical background in either music or mathematics. Partial financial support is provided by the MSU Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

All Advanced Studies Gateway events are free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the Shaw Lane and Wharton Center parking ramps.

The Advanced Studies Gateway is an initiative at FRIB that brings together researchers, innovators, creative thinkers, artists, and performers from all fields and strengthens ties between Michigan State University and the community. Activities include research workshops as well as public talks, concerts, and special events that are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Advanced Studies Gateway at FRIB, visit

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Location: Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
Price: Free
Sponsor: public
Contact: FRIB Communications
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