Sunday, March 16, 2014

Music and Science

Even though music and science might be two completely different and diverse concepts, there already had been several instances in our history wherein the two were combined together, actually complimenting each other well. First person who we discussed was William Herschel, an astronomer and at the same time a composer. His interest in music also led him to his interest in mathematics, and in turn, astronomy. Another person we discussed was Gustav Holst, who composed The Planets. Apparently, each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. We also discussed the Aquarium and the Fossils by Camille Saint-SaensSpace Exploration from Frank Sinatra, Elton John to Glam Rock, the Cold War and Sting to Thomas Dolby, Evolution and Fat Boy Slim's Right here Right Now, The Big Bang Theory. All these are songs having science as their main topic.

I think that these various songs exhibit and represent science very well. Science is very frustrating and tiring to understand at certain times, and so incorporating it into music is a good way for keeping it light and for remembering various information about science better. Even though at first it might seem weird and corny to make a song about science, it actually is effective and is a better way than teaching science in the traditional manner. Maybe nowadays science is not really the conventional choice when it comes to picking a subject for a song, but I think that it will be beneficial, especially for young kids, to learn science in a more creative way, which is through music. Music is essential in our lives and it is listened to by many. Science is also essential in our lives and is studied by many. Judging from these, I honestly think that combining science and music is not only entertaining and fun, but it could also make us learn more about science in a way that we won't get bored easily and it could make a big difference in our perception about science. 

Anna Isabelle R. Lejano

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