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Musicians Understand

All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians. — Thelonious Monk

Math is more than just numbers and equations, it’s a metaphor for knowledge of the deepest kind.” — Jay-Z

Real science, the kind that offers a parsimonious and predictive understanding of how the world works, involves taking those facts and generalizing global principles from them; abstraction is required for this, as is creativity, rationality, intuition, and a sensitivity to form, similar to what is required in the creation of long-lasting art. — Daniel Levitin

Wise words from three very different thinker-musicians.

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