Hearing the Drum of the Rhythm

John Belcher and Terrence Blackman
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 611–618 Workshop Papers


The title of the workshop is a twist on a question posed by mathematician Mark Kac in a 1966 paper, “Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum?” In the “Hearing the Drum of the Rhythm” workshop, the presenters will use music rhythms to model and think about the low end of the frequency spectrum for a circular membrane. This interactive, experiential workshop seeks to demonstrate the potential of the use of music to build intuitions about deep mathematical questions and of the value of music in providing “aural representations” of these ideas.