The Serge Lang Undergraduate Lectures

Serge Lang was a frequent visitor to our department. He spent many summers in Berkeley and often gave lectures to the Math Undergraduate Student Association after students returned to campus at the end of August. Each year from 1999 to 2005, Serge gave a MUSA lecture at 4PM on the first day of classes. MUSA and the Department of Mathematics continue the tradition by hosting a Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture each fall (or occasionally spring).

The 2021-22 Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture will be given on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 4-5PM in room 2 Physics on the Berkeley campus and it will be broadcasted over Zoom. Our lecturer this year is Stephon Alexander.

MUSA and the Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, present

The 2021-22 Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture
Stephon Alexander
Brown University

The Jazz of Physics: The Link Between Music and The Structure of the Universe

Abstract: In this talk Alexander revisits the interconnection between music and the evolution of astrophysics and the laws of motion. He explores new ways music, inparticular jazz music, mirrors modern physics, such as quantum mechanics, general relativity, and the physics of the early universe. Finally, he discusses ways that innovations in physics have been and can be inspired from "improvisational logic" exemplified in Jazz performance and practice.

Zoom link

Past Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecturers

2020-21 Steven Strogatz
2019-20 Persi Diaconis
2018-19 Helene Barcelo
2017-18 Keith Devlin
2016-17 Ravi Vakil
2015-16 Brian Conrad
2014-15 Tony DeRose
2013-14 Bjorn Poonen
2012-13 John Baez
2011-12 Jordan Ellenberg
2010-11 Andrew Granville
2009-10 Benedict H. (Dick) Gross
2008-09 Peter W. Jones
2007-08 John H. Conway
2006-07 William Stein