A is for Alanine

All good ideas have already been executed. I was trying to make an “A is for…” alphabet poem for the amino acids, but it’s already been done by Greg Crowther. Thanks for visiting easternblot.net! I’ve been writing about science and scientists in art/culture/life since 2005, both on this blog and…

Some science&music links

I have been thinking of making a separate page listing some connections between music and science. It would have a list of scientists who are also musicians, musicians who are also scientists, music about science, and science about music. in the latter category, for example, I’d mention this conference: Music…

Look up to the skies, and see!

Did you know that Brian May quit his PhD in astrophysics to tour with Queen? In 1969 he was in the advanced thesis writing stage when he gave up the galaxy stars for rock stars. Of course, playing in a world famous rock band is a reasonable excuse to quit…

Stradivarius’ secret

Stradivarius’ secret is revealed. Well, part of it. It’s clear that he chemically treated the wood to get the special Strad sound, but researchers don’t yet know exactly how. No Strads were harmed in the investigations. (also in Scientific American) Thanks for visiting easternblot.net! I’ve been writing about science and…

Resonance patterns

There’s a video of Chladni patterns on YouTube. Turn down the volume before you watch this! I don’t have sound here, but according to the comments on the YouTube page, it’s a nasty sound, and will upset pets. I watched it without sound, and that works fine. Resonance patterns (2…

Music Physics

The University of New South Wales in Australia has a Music Acoustics research group, which studies some of the specifics of physics in music. Their elaborate website is a fun time waster. Make sure to visit the virtual flute, but also have a look at the clear descriptions of the…

Musical scientists

Albert Einstein played violin, and composer Alexander Borodin was a researcher in organic chemistry. They were not the only ones dabbling in both music and science. Even though these disciplines are usually regarded as two unrelated fields, quite a few people are practicing both. An article in the Darthmouth Undergraduate…