Music is mathematician’s delight
Wasn’t it fun to listen to the music? It was being played on a guitar – a stringed instrument. Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician was the first one to pay attention to the sounds produced by vibrating strings. He used to play the lyre- a stringed instrument popular in fifth century Greece. Pythagoras often fiddled with the strings to tune the lyre. Soon he realized that there was a relation between the pitch of the music and the length of the string used in an instrument.He proved that the length of a plucked string is related to its pitch. Pitch means- how high or low is the sound produced by an object. The shorter the string, the higher the pitch. Thus the pitch of the music being played on a stringed instrument is inversely proportional to the length of the string. Don’t you think Pythagoras established an interesting relationship between math and music?
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