Find out what happens when music meets maths

Think that music and maths have nothing in common? Think again!

Discover mathematics through the medium of music at the 2023 GS Watson lecture – Beating Mathematics, A Mathematical Exploration of Rhythm.

Beating Mathematics is a mathematical exploration of rhythm through a broad selection of musical genres, including classical, rock, metal, alt, rap, goth, jazz and folk.

You don’t have to be a maths whiz or a musician to enjoy this free lecture, which is sure to interest anyone high school aged and above.

The event is the brainchild of Professor Marcel Jackson, Professor of Pure Mathematics in the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Associate Dean for Research and Industry Engagement at La Trobe University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

“You do not need to have any musical or mathematical knowledge, but come prepared to tap and beat along as our on-stage drummer demonstrates mathematical principles,” said Professor Jackson, who will be accompanied by musician David Turpie, on drums.

“The talk will cover a range of scenarios where repeating rhythms arise, illustrated by calendar construction, never-ending chess, particle accelerators and origami,” said Professor Jackson.

Professor Jackson’s research interests cover a range of mathematical areas, but remain grounded in algebra and its interactions with logic, computer science and combinatorics. He also finds time to enjoy casual climbing, running, gardening, cooking, drawing and music to complement his mathematical interests.

Beating Mathematics will be held on Tuesday November 28. It’s the latest event to mark 150 years of tertiary education in Bendigo – a joint project between La Trobe University, Bendigo TAFE and the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation.

The 150th anniversary celebrations have provided multiple opportunities to explore the history, the ongoing impact and the future of tertiary education in Bendigo. So far, they have included an Academic Procession and the launch of a commemorative book, Memories and Milestones: Tertiary Education in Bendigo 1873-2023, published by La Trobe University Press.  A lecture series, an historical exhibition, forums, workshops, and art exhibitions. The final event will be a Gala Dinner on 7 December to be held in the Bendigo Town Hall.

2023 GS Watson lecture: Beating Mathematics:

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023

Time: 5:30 pm – 6.30 pm, followed by refreshments

Location: Circular Lecture Theatre – La Trobe University Bendigo Campus

Bookings: Register Now (free)

Find out more: GS Watson 2023