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Self-Reference from Bach to Gödel

Lecture no. 9 from the course: How Music and Mathematics Relate

Self-Reference from Bach to Gödel

Taught by Professor David Kung | 42 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses

Music and mathematics are filled with self-reference, from Bach’s habit of embedding his own name in musical phrases, to Kurt Gödel’s demonstration that mathematics cannot prove its own consistency. Embark on a journey through increasingly complex levels of self-reference, discovering that music and mathematics are like a house of mirrors, reflecting ideas between them. For example, the table canon from Lecture 8 can be displayed on the single face of a Möbius strip.

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