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
April 26
H.F. DeLuca Forum

SoundWaves: Hidden Worlds of the Universe

This event is free (except for food or beverage purchases) and open to the public. Registration is requested.

In our final exploration of Hidden Worlds, we look deeply into the universe, trying to learn what forces are out there that we never imagined. What can astronomy and engineering physics tell us about what is around us? In what ways do we behave according to unseen economic factors? What can we learn about extraterrestrial events by looking at the structure of the Earth? Find out at this event, which concludes the 2018-19 season of SoundWaves. Featuring: Ellen Zweibel (physics), Jennifer Choy (engineering physics), David Johnson (economics), Stephen Meyers (geoscience), Daniel Grabois (music and SoundWaves curator) and Christopher Taylor (music).

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