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The amazing Vi Hart (daughter of our Math Monday columnist George Hart) strikes again with this over 12 minute video explaining the math, science, and art behind sound. In many of Vi’s videos, she talks really fast, and it’s a style that works for her, but for something this info-dense, with lots of visual aids, it’s worth going through a few times to absorb everything. She’s always entertaining enough to make it worth your while; her illustrations are wonderful and her seemingly effortless creativity is truly inspiring.

As a bonus track, here’s Vi singin’ those “Low-Frequency Blues.” Sing it, sister!

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Ken Norris says:

    Truly impressive. Should be required viewing for all beginning physics classes. The best explaination I’ve seen as to how your ear recognizes sound and identifies a particular instrument or voice in the midst of a noisy background.

  2. I love her video series. She has a way to explain these things that I can understand. I wish I had teachers like her in school (maybe I learned more about math and physics)

  3. I love her video series. She has a way to explain these things that I can understand. I wish I had teachers like her in school (maybe I learned more about math and physics)

  4. I love her video series. She has a way to explain these things that I can understand. I wish I had teachers like her in school (maybe I learned more about math and physics)

  5. I love her video series. She has a way to explain these things that I can understand. I wish I had teachers like her in school (maybe I learned more about math and physics)

  6. Chris Goode says:

    Brilliant!  4 weeks of a neurobiology of music seminar in 12 minutes! The only thing I would change is it’s basilar, not vasilar, from the root common to “base.” It’s the membrane where the sensory receptor cells are anchored, so it serves as the base of the whole cochlear apparatus. I love your work Vi!