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Seeing and Learning Astronomy and Cosmology Through the Lens of Music

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Author:Sloan Edward Williams III - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Description: Exploring music, astronomy and cosmology, starting with the historical roots; the Pythagoreans in particular contributed profoundly to the development of Western Music by discovering two facts: first, that the sound caused by the string depends on the length of the string; second, that harmonious sounds are given off by strings whose lengths are related to each other as ratios of whole numbers. Pythagorean astronomy also thought that bodies moving through space produced sounds and were all harmonized (music of the spheres). In the 16th century, the revival of Greek culture paved the way for Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton to develop the laws of planetary motion.

Levels: High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Lesson Plans and Activities
Math Topics: Ratio/Proportion, History and Biography, Music, Astronomy

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