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One of the Must-Read Books for Geeks

One of the Must-Read Books for Geeks

Stephon and the book will be featured in a Weekend Confidential interview in the Wall Street Journal’s Review section.

Run date to be confirmed, but it could be as early as March 26.  

Keith Blanchard includes the book in a round-up of three “Must-Read Books for Geeks”, coming in the Off Duty section in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal. The piece is already available online:

“Music lovers are at high risk of being inspired by this exploration of the connections between music and physics…. Alexander elegantly charts the progress of science from the ancients through Copernicus and Kepler to Einstein (a piano-player) and beyond, making it clear that what we call genius has a lot to do with convention-challenging courage, a trait shard by each age’s great musicians as well.”  

“This book could just as well be called The Joy of Physics because what leaps out from it is Stephon Alexander’s delight and curiosity about the cosmos, and the deep pleasure he finds in exploring it. True to the jazz he loves so much, Stephon is an intellectual improviser riffing with ideas and equations. It’s a pleasure to witness.”  —Brian Eno, artist, composer and producer

The Jazz of Physics is a cornucopia of music, string theory, and cosmology. Stephon takes his reader on a journey through hip hop, jazz, to new ideas in our understanding of the first moment of the big bang. It is a book filled with passion, joy and insight.”  —David Spergel, Charles Young Professor of Astronomy & Department Chair, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University

“A riveting firsthand account of the power of intuitive and unconscious in the process of scientific discovery. Being both top-notch physicist and jazz musician, Stephon Alexander has a unique voice. Listening to him, you will hear the music of the Universe.”  —Edward Frenkel, author of Love and Math

 “Stephon Alexander takes us along on his twinned quest to discover the fundamental principles of physics and of jazz performance and composition. He is a great story teller and he paints vivid portraits of the masters of music and science who guide him on his search, which leads to a revelation of a common pattern and symmetry in the universes created by John Coltrane and Albert Einstein. If you spend one evening of your life contemplating the relationship between art and science, spend it with this book.”—Professor Lee Smolin, founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and author of The Trouble with Physics

“Is the universe a musical instrument that plays itself? It is according to Stephon Alexander, a string theorist who shares his journey from a crime ridden junior high school to the upper echelons of physics and jazz. Moving fluidly from T dualities to John Cage, he tells how his two worlds blended together like a stereoscopic vision—a sonic cosmos where Einstein and Coltrane naturally meet, and where intuition and improvisation are as important as technique. Whether he’s hanging with Brian Eno or Brian Greene, Alexander never loses sight of the math or the melodies, never condescends to his reader but rather uses his own childlike awe and personal charm to take us into the details of chords and equations. It’s impossible to resist following him as he “solos with the equations of D-branes” on paper napkins in jazz clubs, searching for  the eloquent underlying harmonies that brought the universe (and us) into being.”  —KC Cole, author of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens and The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

“Music, physics and mathematics have lived in tune since Pythagoras and Kepler, but Prof. Alexander’s book creates a new and powerful resonance, coupling the improvisational world of Jazz to the volatile personality of quantum mechanics, and making the frontiers of cosmology and quantum gravity reverberate like in no other book.”  João Magueijo, Professor of Physics at Imperial College London and author of Faster Than The Speed of Light

“In this very creative work Stephon Alexander leads us through his remarkable journey from jazz musician to theoretical physics, from the music of the spheres to string theory.”  —Professor Leon N. Cooper, Laureate of the Nobel Prize in Physics

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