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Conversations at Judson Park Present: Crystals Of Sound: Symmetry, Entropy, and Harmony in Music

Date: Mon., January 27, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Judson Park

Instructor: Jesse Berezovsky, Associate Professor, Physics, CWRU

Jesse Berezovsky is an associate professor in the physics department at Case Western Reserve University. His lab designs and creates hybrid systems for controlling coherent quantum spin states for future technologies such as quantum computing. In recent years, he has combined his background in physics with his classical training in the viola to apply methods of statistical physics to music theory. He received his PhD from UC Santa Barbara in 2007. Before joining the CWRU faculty in 2010 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard, imaging quantum transport in graphene. Jesse Berezovsky has co-authored numerous articles in journals including Science and Nature Physics, as well as a book on the optical properties of electron spins in quantum dots.

Description: The essence of music is a tension between order and disorder. It turns out that physicists have developed powerful tools for understanding another system determined by this same tension — the phases of matter (e.g. solid, liquid, and gas) and transitions between them. We’ll see how the same concepts can be applied in these seemingly unrelated areas, and how in both cases, symmetry and beauty emerge.

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