What is it about rhythm, pattern, and synchronization that fascinate us?
How do pacemaker cells in a heart synchronize? How can thousands of
people unconsciously walk in step? There are so many recurring patterns in
nature like ripples in sand and the stripes of a zebra. In speaking with
musicians, mathematicians, and psychologists, filmmaker Tess Girard explores the idea of rhythm and what it means to us.
Participants in the program:Steven Strogatz
, Mathematician, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Cornell University. Author of Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order
, published by Hyperion, 2008.
Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering
, published by Westview Press, 2001.Philip Ball
, Science Writer.
Author of Flow: Natures Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts
, published by Oxford University, 2009. The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It
, published by Oxford University Press, 2010.Branches: Natures Patterns: a tapestry in three parts
, published by Oxford University Press, 2009.Shapes: Natures patterns: a tapestry in three parts
, published by Oxford University Press, 2009Caroline Palmer
, Psychologist, Professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University, Director, Sequence Production Lab, McGill UniversityCharles Spearin
, Musician - Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, The Happiness Project
Special thanks to The Hylozoists
and Paul Aucoin
for providing music for the show.Related Websites:The Heart of the Beat
is loosely based on a film of similar material and subject matter called A Simple Rhythm
, by Tess Girard
. For more information visit her website
.Steven Strogatz' TED talk