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Light, Sound and the Magic of the Fourier Transform

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Light, Sound and the Magic of the Fourier Transform


2019 NSW SCIENCE & RESEARCH BREAKFAST SEMINAR SERIES

Professor Geordie Williamson presents:

Light, Sound and the Magic of the Fourier Transform

Why do guitars, flutes and voices sound different? How do we hear the different notes in a piece of music? What would music look like if we could see it? Most importantly, what does this have to do with the cover of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon?

The answers to these and many other pressing questions can be arrived at by employing the Fourier Transform, a famous mathematical tool which reveals the components of the waveforms we experience in our daily lives.

For a journey into the shape of sound and sound waves, which explores the fascinating world of timbre, overtones, modes and frequencies, join Professor Geordie Williamson from the University of Sydney when he presents, ‘Light, Sound and the Magic of the Fourier Transform’.


ABOUT THE EVENT

The 2019 NSW Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney.

Entry is via Macquarie Street, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am.

The seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.

For further information, please call (02) 9338 6817.

PREVIOUS NSW SCIENCE & RESEARCH BREAKFAST SEMINARS MAY BE VIEWED HERE.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor Geordie Williamson, Director of the Mathematical Research Institute at The University of Sydney

Geordie was an undergraduate at The University of Sydney and completed his PhD at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Following his PhD studies he was a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford for three years and then an Advanced Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. In 2020/21 he will direct a year-long program at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Geordie has lectured all over the world, and has had visiting positions in the US, Germany and Japan. His accolades include the Chevalley Prize of the American Mathematical Society (2016), the European Mathematical Society Prize (2016), the Clay Research Award (2016), the New Horizons in Mathematics Prize (2017) and the Medal of the Australian Mathematical Society (2018). In 2018 Geordie was elected to the Australian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, and is currently the youngest living fellow of both institutions.
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