Physics & Jazz on Coast To Coast AM with George Noory
In the first half, physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander, a Professor of Physics at Brown University, addressed various cosmological concepts, and talked about how jazz can connect to ideas in physics and mathematics. We listened to Alexander's song, Ornette's Vortex, inspired by the jazz great, Ornette Coleman, who served as musical mentor to Alexander. The composition conjures different kinds of vortexes such as water swirling in a sink, the eye of storm, and a cosmic string, he said. "These vortices...string-like patterns we see," relate to how Coleman improvises with vortex-like melodic structures, he explained. The surface of a star is pulsating with vibrations, just like how a musical instrument vibrates to make sounds, and you can think of all these stars as different notes in a musical universe, he added.
Regarding the notion of the multiverse, Alexander ran across questions about the universe that may not be answerable based on known equations, and this led him to give more credence to the possibility that we could exist among parallel universes. Traversable wormholes-- rips or wrinkles in the space/time fabric, could allow us to instantly cross vast distances, possibly even into other universes, he postulated. Similarly, he's open to the currently discussed theory that we could all exist in a simulation, like a vast computer program.
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