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Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the ugliest music

September 13, 2011

Scott Rickard set out to engineer the ugliest possible piece of music, devoid of repetition, using a mathematical concept known as the Costas Array. In this talk, he shares the math behind musical beauty (and its opposite). (Filmed at TEDxMIA.)

Scott Rickard - Mathematician
Scott Rickard is passionate about mathematics, music -- and educating the next generation of scientists and mathematicians. Full bio

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Scott Rickard - Mathematician
Scott Rickard is passionate about mathematics, music -- and educating the next generation of scientists and mathematicians.

Why you should listen

Scott Rickard is a professor at University College Dublin. His interest in both music and math led him to try and solve an interesting math problem: a musical score with no pattern. He has degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and MA and PhD degrees in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton.

At University College Dublin, he founded the Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory, where biologists, geologists, mathematicians, computer scientists, social scientists and economists work on problems that matter to people. He is also the founder of ScienceWithMe!, an online community dedicated to engaging youth through science and math.

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