Cristopher Moore is a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute where he works on topics at the interface of mathematics, physics, and computer science. He has published over 150 papers ranging from quantum computing, to phase transitions in search and optimization problems, to the theory of social networks. With Stephan Mertens, he co-authored The Nature of Computation, acclaimed as “one of the best-written mathematical books…period.”
He is a (very) amateur musician who took piano lessons as a kid and tried to write sonatas in college. He dreams of playing the Shostakovich Fugue in E minor all the way through without any mistakes.
The Santa Fe Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research and education center where top researchers from around the world gather to study and understand the patterns underlying complex systems. These systems include proteins networked in cells, neurons in the brain, organisms in groups, species in ecosystems, companies in the economy, computers connected through the internet, and social organizations in cities. Though seemingly different, these complex systems share common features that can be understood through quantitative research.
Sound is vibration. Rhythms have ratios. Octaves are fractions of one another. For centuries, musicians have used the mathematical relationships among scales and harmonies to pluck our emotions. Composers lull us with patterns and then surprise us with asymmetries. Even the planets play unheard songs in revolutions and orbits.