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Maths Rhythms with Dr Paco Gomez and Giovanna Farigu

In the African and Cuban music traditions, the bembe rhythm is very popular. It is played on bells and appears in many styles. On a separate matter, finding the greatest common divisor (g.c.d.) of two numbers is easy. We learnt in primary school that it simply consists of listing the divisors of the two numbers and pick their greatest common divisor. What do the bembe rhythm and the g.c.d. of two numbers have in common? They are related by Euclid's algorithm, a very old and simple method to compute the g.c.d. In this talk we will see the details of that connection, which are deeper than expected. We will also explore other connections between Mathematics and Music.
What
  • Location: Munster
  • Secondary
When Oct 20, 2011
from 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Where UCC - Tyndall Institute
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