President's Lecture Series


Gordon Shaw: "The Music-Math Causal Connection"


Gordon Shaw

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Mills Godwin Jr. Building - Auditorium

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President's Lecture Series


Gordon Shaw, discusses the "Mozart effect," or, the spatial-temporal reasoning relationship between mathematics and music. He also explores educational methodologies related to this learning process that have enhanced student achievement.

Shaw earned his PhD from Cornell University in 1959 working with Noble Laureate, Hans Bethe. He joined the then new University of California, Irvine campus in 1965, becoming a full professor in 1968, and Professor Emeritus in 1994. In addition to the research on elementary particle theory, he began working on brain theory in 1973. Although he continued work in theoretical high energy physics, neuroscience was to become his primary area of research over the next 30 years. He published over 170 papers in neuroscience and elementary particle physics, including the book Keeping Mozart in Mind, Academic Press 2000. In 1998 he co-founded the MIND Institute—a basic neuroscience and mathematics research and education institute—for which he served as chairman of the board. of directors

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66:00 min


A 1/2" VHS copy of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331.A57 2002f

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