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Einstein's violin : a conductor's notes on music, physics, and social change

Author: Joseph Eger; Albert Einstein
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Einstein's Violin, Eger distills more than half a century of personal experience and what it has taught him about how music is uncannily similar in its design to the concepts of "string theory" that have become overwhelmingly popular in today's theoretical physics. Eger deals with how music relates not only to the physical world, but to the social one as well: He was among the first classical performers to see
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Eger, Joseph, 1925-
Einstein's violin.
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, ©2005
(OCoLC)654663355
Named Person: Joseph (Musiker) Eger
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Eger; Albert Einstein
ISBN: 1585423882 9781585423880
OCLC Number: 56590998
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 417 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. How I came to write this book --
2. Guns in my face : music at my back --
3. How it all began --
back to 1951 --
4. Fun in music and physics --
5. What it's like to be a musician --
6. What is music? --
7. Songs of praise --
8. Music as context --
9. Music's dagger --
10. Personal wars --
11. Conductors, consistency, and change --
12. The audience revolution --
13. Beethoven, my hero --
14. Beethoven's music --
15. Fantastique : Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) --
16. Einstein the person --
17. Music and science --
18. The quantum revolution --
19. The science of music : the music of science --
20. Superstring theory --
21. Race toward the goal --
22. Superstrings : my neighbor's territory.
Responsibility: Joseph Eger.
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"In Einstein's Violin, Eger distills more than half a century of personal experience and what it has taught him about how music is uncannily similar in its design to the concepts of "string theory" that have become overwhelmingly popular in today's theoretical physics. Eger deals with how music relates not only to the physical world, but to the social one as well: He was among the first classical performers to see music as a force for change, leading him to cross battle lines in the Middle East, to perform fusion concerts with musicians such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and to become a voice for social advocacy from the hearing rooms of the House Un-American Activities Committee to the stage of Harlem's Apollo Theater."

"Eger's life is a social and artistic tour through music and science of the twentieth century. In Einstein's Violin, readers encounter portraits of figures including Leonard Bernstein, David Bohm, Albert Einstein, Queen Noor al Hussein, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Eger also probes the origins of ancient music in the hands of the Hebrews. Egyptians, Hindus, ancient Chinese, and the schools of Pythagoras to plumb the sources of this socially and physically unifying language of the universe."--Jacket.

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