NEW! Hear our studio audio recording of all seven harmonious equations with
explanations and Keith Devlin's graphics! Visit Keith Devlin's homepage
and click on "Harmonious equations" at the bottom:
In May 2006 public radio host Robert Pollie invited Zambra to create
a musical interpretation of Euler's famous equation:
Pollie incorporated the results into an interview segment with
National Public Radio's "math guy" and best-selling author, Stanford professor Keith Devlin, about beauty in mathematics. (Originally airing
on May 1, 2006, Talk of the Bay, KUSP Radio, Santa Cruz, CA).
The "Euler's Equation" song was subsequently featured on NPR's Weekend Edition (April 16, 2007)
when Keith Devlin spoke about the 300th anniversary of Euler's birth.
A Math Great Gets His Due
was the most emailed program segment on NPR nationwide all throughout the day.
Keith also spotlighted the song and Zambra in his online column for the Mathematical Association of America!
Finding Musical Beauty in Euler's Identity
Since then, Devlin and Zambra have teamed up with acclaimed choreographer Karl Schaffer and his
"Move Speak Spin" dance company to develop a full math performance based on seven
"Harmonious Equations" that features Devlin's narration, Schaffer's playful, engaging
choreography, and Zambra's live original vocal music. "Harmonious Equations" was featured
at the California Mathematics Council annual conference at Asilomar in December 2008, and
also in the production "Imaginary Numbers" at the 418 Project in Santa Cruz in May 2009. Robert
Pollie also produced another show on the project: see http://www.kusp.org/shows/rpollie
(click on "Mathematics in Music and in Motion," Sunday, April 26").
We hope that "Harmonious Equations" may provide inspiration and creative curriculum ideas for
math teachers nationwide. A recording and supplementary materials are in the works!
The "Euler's Equation" song © Zambra, 2006