Book cover of The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe by Stephon Alexander
Astronomy & Space Science

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

A spectacular musical and scientific journey from the Bronx to the cosmic horizon that reveals the astonishing links between jazz, science, Einstein, and Coltrane

More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music.
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Book cover of Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider's Guide to the Future of Physics by Stephon Alexander
Astronomy & Space Science

Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider’s Guide to the Future of Physics

In this important guide to science and society, a cosmologist argues that physics must embrace the excluded, listen to the unheard, and be unafraid of being wrong. Years ago, cosmologist Stephon Alexander received life-changing advice: to discover real physics, he needed to stop memorizing and start taking risks. In Fear of a Black Universe, Alexander shows that great physics requires us to think outside the mainstream — to improvise and rely on intuition. His approach leads him to three principles that shape all theories of the universe: the principle of invariance, the quantum principle, and the principle of emergence. […Learn More]