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Mathematics and the Brain

Our Sunday music and science series looks at the relationship between Bach and mathematics, with Professor Alain Goriely from the University of Oxford.
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Bach Ach, ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe (Ah, I see, now as I go to the marriage) BWV 162

Professor Alain Goriely Statutory Professor of Mathematical Modelling, University of Oxford

Emma Walshe soprano
Bethany Horak-Hallett mezzo soprano
Guy Cutting tenor
Dominic Sedgwick bass

Bach, the Universe and Everything is our very own Sunday service for inquiring and curious minds; a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science.

The science

Can mathematics explain the brain? No-one is entirely sure, but Professor Alain Goriely definitely thinks it’s worth trying. He explores how applied mathematics can help us learn more about the effect of brain injuries and neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The music

In this cantata, Bach imagines going to a wedding, although he’s initially concerned with the pre-marital angst of the participants, rather than having a party. It’s all resolved by the end, however, with a journey from doubt to certainty and a celebratory final chorale.

In partnership with

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics