History On Tap: ‘Polyphonic Minds’ With Peter Pesic

Dr. Peter Pesic
Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap Monday, June 4 for a conversation with Dr. Peter Pesic about the history of polyphony in music and its connections to the human mind. History on Tap begins at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.
Dr. Pesic will be sharing research from his new book, Polyphonic Minds: Music of the Hemispheres, published by MIT Press. Polyphony—the interweaving of simultaneous sounds—is a crucial aspect of music that has deep implications for how we understand the mind. When we listen to polyphonic music, how is it that we can hear several different things at once? How does a single mind experience those things as a unity (a motet, a fugue) rather than an incoherent jumble?
Explore these questions and more at History on Tap, in an investigation into the history of music and science that involves philosophy, theology, literature, psychology, and neuroscience.
Dr. Pesic is a writer, pianist, and educator. He is director of the Science Institute at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, where he is also Musician-in-Residence and Tutor Emeritus.
His six books, seven editions, and sixty papers consider questions in the history of science, music, and ideas. He is also editor-in-chief of Physics in Perspective and an Associate of the Department of Physics at Harvard University.
History on Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Los Alamos History Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10–15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome!
UnQuarked is now serving food by Sirphey and has an expanded wine and beer list. On Tap is a way for people to get out in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The On Tap series happens twice each month, on the first and third Mondays. The discussions are supported by the Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos History Museum, and PEEC at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, project Y cowork Los Alamos, and the Los Alamos Research Park.
More information about History on Tap and other programs from the Los Alamos Historical Society can be found at losalamoshistory.org and @LosAlamosHistory on Facebook.
Contact information:
Aimee Slaughter, Museum Educator

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