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Scott Rickard:
The beautiful math behind the ugliest music

TEDxMIA · 9:46 · Filmed Sep 2011
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Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the ugliest music
9:46 · Filmed September 2011 at TEDxMIA · Subtitles available in 0 languages

Scott Rickard set out to engineer the ugliest possible piece of music, devoid of repetition, using a mathematical concept known as the Costas Array. In this talk, he shares the math behind musical beauty (and its opposite). (Filmed at TEDxMIA.)

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Scott Rickard is passionate about mathematics, music — and educating the next generation of scientists and mathematicians. Full bio
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