Thursday, January 29, 2009

Who Wrote "In My Life?"

Nicholas Bate will love this: A professor uses math to decode Beatles tunes. An excerpt:

It is here, in a cluttered mathematician's office, under blackboards jammed with equations and functional analysis, that one of Western culture's greatest mysteries has finally been solved: Why has no one been able to replicate the first chord in The Beatles' pop hit "A Hard Day's Night"?

Not stopping there, this sleuth is using math in his quest to answer an even more-elusive question, about the contested authorship of the Fab Four's "In My Life."

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