Category Archives: maths

Implicit coordinate transforms are weird

There’s a wide class of coordinate transforms that are typically given backwards. Witness spherical polar coordinates: Typically we already know what our cartesian coordinates are, and we want to express them in this fancy new coordinate system . That is, … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with tautological 1-forms?

Epistemic status: All pretty standard derivations, except the last section on mechanics which is a bit hand-wavy. When formulating mechanics on cotangent bundles, one comes across an object called the ‘tautological 1-form’ (often denoted ) which is supposedly key to … Continue reading

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Composing array masks

Let’s say you have an array , containing (~millions) points . Perhaps it’s the output of an n-body simulation or something more complicated. Anyway, suppose you also have several other arrays of size , each listing some quantity that is … Continue reading

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From notated music to audible sounds

This is the second post in a series devoted to music from a mathematical point of view. The first post dealt with written intervals and notes; the moral of that post was that there is some structure (a vector space) … Continue reading

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Cheap & Easy differential forms

There’s a way of motivating the notions of tangent vectors and covectors that’s hinted at but generally glossed over – at least in the physics courses that I take. This post is a quick overview, serving mostly as a reminder … Continue reading

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Algebraic structure of musical intervals and pitches

Here’s the first in what will hopefully be a series of related posts about one particular (limited) aspect of the interaction between music and mathematics. In my mind, I’ll be explaining things to a hypothetical musically uneducated mathematician, who should … Continue reading

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