Einstein and Mozart

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Einstein_1Many of you have no doubt read Godel Escher Bach, the brilliant and entertaining treatise by Douglas Hofstadter, drawing connections between the work of the legendary mathematician, artist and musician. In today’s New York Times, a compelling — though admittedly less sweeping — essay by Arthur I. Miller explores the connections between Einstein and Mozart.

Einstein, Miller explains, was deeply inspired by Mozart’s music, and sensed an affinity between their work. Mozart’s music “was so pure that it seemed to have been ever-present in the universe, waiting to be discovered by the master,” Einstein once said. And he held similar views of his own work in physics, which revealed the “pre-established harmony” of the cosmos.

The link between physics and music may seem abstract at first. But TED has always been about making — and encouraging — such non-obvious connections. With any luck, Lisa Randall will draw such inspiration from the extraordinary musicians in Monterey next month …