Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common. Alexander in particular draws our attention to the so-called “Coltrane circle,” which resembles what any musician will recognize as the “Circle of Fifths,” but incorporates Coltrane’s own innovations. Coltrane gave the drawing to saxophonist and professor Yusef Lateef in 1967, who included it in his seminal text, Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns. Where Lateef, as he writes in his autobiography, sees Coltrane’s music as a “spiritual journey” that “embraced the concerns of a rich tradition of autophysiopsychic music,” Alexander sees “the same geometric principle that motivated Einstein’s” quantum theory.
via: John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music | Open Culture
The population of NYC is equal to the combined populations of Vermont, Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and West Virginia. Here’s what that looks like on a map. Put another way: 16 US Senators…[read the rest at the link below]
via How populous is NYC? Big enough to fit 8 states into it.
Many of the 49 victims of the United States’s worst mass shooting share much in common: Young Latino men in their 20s and 30s, most of them gay, who gathered at an Orlando club to dance. But the victims’ stories — promising artists, a young couple in love, a devoted father of three among them — are richly varied.
via These are the victims from the Orlando massacre. | Washington Post
Visualize Your Emotions Based on Psychology and the Dalai Lama’s Insight
Ever wondered how your emotions interact or what they give rise to? This visualization, called The Atlas of Emotions, combines experimental psychology and insight from the Dalai Lama to try and explain.
via Visualize Your Emotions Based on Psychology and the Dalai Lama’s Insight | Gizmodo
From Jack Grieve, in response to “Up (for) and down (with)”, 3/17/2016:By request for Mark Liberman @LanguageLog: “Down with” vs. “Up for”…a rough North vs. South pattern — Jack Grieve (@JWGrieve) March 29, 2016
via Down with vs. Up for| Language Log