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Can you hear the shape of a drum?

We are joined by Professor Jon Chapman from the University of Oxford in this secular Sunday service.
Oxford, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford £15 -

Bach, the Universe & Everything:
Can you hear the shape of a drum?

Sunday 21 November, 5:30pm
Andrew Wiles building, Oxford Mathematics, University of Oxford

THE MUSIC
BWV 26 Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig  (Ah, how fleeting, ah how insignificant)
Today’s cantata is a cheery one about our impending death. The sense of futility is particularly well captured in the opening chorale which feels frantic and primeval. All souls welcome.

THE SCIENCE
Professor Jon Chapman from the University of Oxford invites us to ponder the fleeting moment when sound waves reach our ears before it disappears. Using some careful calculations, Jon suggests that we might even be able to hear the shape of a drum.


Please note, this concert takes place in Oxford at 5.30 pm.

If you are looking for the 11.30am performance in London, please click here to go to the Kings Place website