CCC’s Rich Beveridge presents Mathematics & Music

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the February Ales & Ideas community lecture.  Thursday, February 1, 2018, CCC’s Math Instructor Rich Beveridge presents Mathematics & Music. Doors open with food and beverage service at 6pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase, but no purchase is required. The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane St. in Astoria.  Minors are welcome. 

Doe, a deer, a female deer.  Ray, a drop of golden sun. Me, a name I call myself. Many of us grew up with Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do, but few understand the mathematics behind the diatonic scale made famous in the Sound of Music. The ancient Greeks knew that the length of a vibrating string was mathematically related to the tone it produced and, from this understanding, developed the seven-tone diatonic scale and seven stringed lyre. During the Renaissance, this scale was extended by European musicians to develop the twelve tone even-tempered scale.  The process they used can be adapted to create other types of even-tempered scales. This month’s Ales & Ideas presentation explores the interconnections between two of humanity’s greatest expressions: math & music. Rich Beveridge, amateur guitarist and professional mathematician, will explain the math behind music, how it’s informed not only the history of musical composition but also instrument design.  Come experience the marriage of music and mathematics—see the beauty in mathematics and hear the patterns and formulas in the music! 

Rich Beveridge began his career as a high school math teacher in 1994. He taught at Hopi High School in Arizona and several high schools in Maine before returning to school in 2000 to earn a BA and MA in mathematics at the University of Maine. He’s been teaching at Clatsop Community College since 2004.

Rich Beveridge, photo by Clatsop Community College



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Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.


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