WSU Lecture to Explore Math, Music Connections

OGDEN, Utah — A single vibrating string on a violin can unlock a world of mathematical and musical connections, according to David Kung, a mathematics professor from St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

Kung will explore the relationship and similarities between math and music during his lecture “Harmonious Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music” in Weber State University’s Lind Lecture Hall Rooms 125-126, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

While math and music might not seem compatible, Kung says they share an amazing array of commonalities. During the lecture, Kung will delve into three different areas of connection. His presentation will incorporate jump ropes, whirling plastic tubes and wine glasses. Kung will perform musical examples to accompany each concept he covers.

In addition, Kung will mathematically analyze the work of composer Johann Sebastian Bach to reveal what he calls the structures beneath the surface of the music.

Kung is known for offering students innovative classes, which often combine arts and sciences. He has taught courses that connect math to different subjects such as social justice, music or riddles. 

In addition to his academic career, Kung is an active musician. He has been playing the violin since he was 4 years old. He now serves as the concertmaster of his community orchestra and plays chamber music with students.

“I’ve loved both math and music since I was a kid,” Kung said. “I was thrilled to discover the many connections between those two passions of mine.”

Kung’s lecture is part of the Richards Mathematics Lecture Series, which is made possible by the donations of Franklin and Lisa Richards. The lectures are intended to raise awareness of mathematics on campus and in the community.

“We are honored to have David Kung deliver the Richards Mathematics Lecture,” said Paul Talaga, WSU mathematics department chair. “It is sure to be informative as well as entertaining.”

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