Jason I. Brown ...
is a mathematician, author, songwriter and guitarist. His research that used mathematics to uncover how the Beatles played the opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night" has garnered worldwide attention. His recent book, "Our Days Are Numbered" (published by McClelland and Stewart in Canada) explains how mathematics plays an active role in everyone's life, and that just a little more math can not only make each day more interesting, but each person more creative.
Jason teaches mathematics at Dalhousie University, where he is a professor of mathematics.
What's Brand New...
- My invited presentation at Moses Znaimer's Ideacity 2014 conference in Toronto!
- An interview with Libby Znaimer on Zooomer Radio's Week in Review (June 8, 2014).
- An CBC interview and song on the debt level of Nova Scotians (August 20, 2013).
- An article on my work in the German magazine Der Spiegel.
- An article and video of a talk for the Humanities Research Group at the University of Windsor.
- An interview on Dutch television.
- Public lecture "Science Sings the Blues" for the National Academy of Sciences at the Beckman Center in Irvine California. A promotional piece about the talk is also avilable.
- My interview on BBC's "More or Less" show (at the 23 minutes mark).
- My interview on Newstalk 1010's In the Studio (Februaray 26, 2011).
- Read "Let Me Take You Down - The Mathematics Behind the Most Famous Edit in Rock 'n' Roll"l(Notes of the Canadian Mathematical Society, February 2011). The article describes how the Beatles' producer, George Martin, spliced together two different takes of Strawberry Fields Forvever, that were in two different keys and two different tempos, why it worked, and why mathematically he could never satisify Paul's unerring sense of rhythm.
- Public Speaking Engagements: Carleton University (May 14, 2010), Canadian Mathematical Society's Summer 2010 Meeting at the University of Fredericton (June 3, 2010).
- Recent media: CBC's Ontario Today interview and call-in show (May 13, 2010), CBC's Maritime Noon interview and call-in show (May 26, 2010), Q104 radio interview (June 6, 2010).
- My first album, Songs in the Key of Pi has been relased on iTunes and amazon.com.
- Our Days Are Numbered has been shortlisted for the 2010 Atlantic Books Award's Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Prize for Non-fiction.
- The American Mathematical Society's poster and podcast in their Math Moments series
- Public speaking engagements: West Virginia University (February 9, 2010), Western Kentucky University (November 5, 2009)
- Read "Deducing the Blues" (Notes of the Canadian Mathematical Society, May 2009). The article explains why the famous blues progression is what it is - 12 bars long, a certain sequence of 7 chords of determined length, wy it demands to be repeated endlessly, and why it is so good! The link is the entire pdf of the issue (the article is on pages 13 - 15) so that around the water cooler, you can say "You know, I was just leafing through the current issue of a math journal, when I came across this interesting article …"
- Lend an ear to BBC's More and Less interview of me.
- CFRB's Rock Talk's Blair Packham and Bob Reid interview me (May 10, 2009), as does Andrew Crystal on News 95.7's Maritime Morning, and John Maciel on KW Magazine.
- Listen to an interview by Andy Barrie on CBC's Metro Morning.
- Hear me on the call-in show Maritime Noon with Costas Halavrezos, and Radio Noon with Sue Smith where I answered listeners' math questions.
- Business Spotlight interviewed me for a podcast.
- Watch me being interviewed by Stephen Clare on Haligonia.ca.
- Watch my appearances on Daily Planet: May 19, May 20, Math and Music
- See my presentation at the Ottawa Writers Festival
- Read "The Mathematics of John's Left Hand" (Guitar Player Magazine, March 2009)
- Read and watch the interviews by the Wall Street Journal
- View the video of the Song "A Million Whys"