SoundWaves combines scientific lectures about the world with live classical music performances. Each event revolves around a theme, exploring it first from many scientific angles and then through the lens of music. The program concludes with a live performance of music related to the evening’s theme.

The science lectures are delivered using language that the curious layman can understand, with a minimum of jargon and formulas. The music lectures, while demanding careful listening, are likewise designed for the layman and not the specialist. 

Every SoundWaves event brings UW–Madison scientists from several departments together with UW–Madison School of Music faculty performers to explore a topic that is relevant to our world and our lives.

SoundWaves is free and open to the public. This series generally is held in the evening at the Town Center of the Discovery Building.

Make it an Evening at Discovery

Before attending SoundWaves, enjoy fine cuisine or casual fare in Steenbock’s dining room or lounge. For reservations call 608.204.2733.

7:30 pm
September 25

SoundWaves: The Universe According to IceCube

From Minuscule to Massive: The Universe According to IceCube is free and open to the public. Please register to receive the webinar link.

What’s it like spending the winter in Antarctica (hint: cold)? How can we understand all that ice? Why do we study the universe from such a remote place, and what do we learn about things both big and small? How does music express the universe? Find out in the first (virtual) SoundWaves event of the 2020-21 year, focusing on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a research space in Antarctica.

Featuring: Benjamin Eberhardt and Kathrin Mallot (IceCube Collaboration), Delia Tosi (WIPAC), Rasha Abbasi (Loyola University Chicago), Paolo Desiati (WIPAC) and Daniel Grabois (Music, SoundWaves curator).

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