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Musicians and scientists working together

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post called “Why are so many scientists also musicians?” I closed that by saying “I think that the question of why there is a lot of overlap between musicians and scientists is not the most interesting question. Much more interesting would be…

Science songs – why so silly?

Why are songs about science often so silly? You know what I mean. They try to fit long words in the lyrics for the sake of scientific accuracy, they’re reductionist and literal, and they’re often parodies of existing songs with the words changed to be about science. Some of them…

The Musisci List

In the music and science survey earlier this year, I asked people to “name a musisci”. More than half of the participants answered this question, and several people gave more than one answer. Some were obvious jokes (Olivia “Newton” John; Obama), others I had to check, and some wrote out…

Cell biology text books and The Beatles

When the third edition of the popular text book Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBOC) came out in 1994, the author photo on the back cover showed the six authors walking across the famous crosswalk near the Abbey Road studios in North-West London. Like many tourists who visit the spot,…

Interrailing through Europe with Borodin and Mendeleev

This post first appeared on The Finch and Pea.   Long ago, in a kingdom that no longer exists, a bohemian traveller was mistaken for a fugitive revolutionary, and arrested. The traveller was Russian chemist and composer Alexander Borodin, who was on his way to Italy with his friend Dmitri…

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Musisci Quarterly newsletter

Off the back of the musisci survey, I also started a newsletter. It only comes out four times per year, but it will be worth it! You can subscribe here (or in the sidebar to the right of this post) to receive future issues. Issue 1 includes: -Music and science…

Musicians and scientists survey results

Recently, I asked people to tell me how much music and science played a role in their lives, by answering a few survey questions. A total of 763 people* answered the survey, and the survey results are interesting! The short version: 256 participants were both scientists and musicians. 130 were…

Science and Music survey closes soon!

It’s the final days of the survey about science and music. If you haven’t yet taken it, you can do so here. If you want to know what one lucky survey participant can win, check here. (It’s so much stuff!) When you diligently click your way through the survey questions,…

Science/music prize for survey draw

I promised an update about the prize pack you can win in the survey draw if you participate in the science and music survey. Now that most of the items are in, I thought I’d show you what’s at stake:   One random participant in the survey will win a…

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The Music and Science survey

After spending a few years interviewing people involved in music and science, and reading a bit on the topic, it was time to find out a bit more about people’s interests in music and science. I’ve created a survey, which only takes a few minutes to fill out, and you…