The symbols we now use for numbers evolved very slowly over the centuries. The concept of using a zero took even longer. Most of the mathematical symbols we take for granted today, like an equals sign or the sign for a square root were not invented till the 16th Century and afterwards. Yet Ancient Egyptians wrote down algebra problems and many ancient cultures had to solve complex math problems in order to do business. How did they do it? For some of the answers, tune in tonight to Inquiry. Our guest is award-winning author JOSEPH MAZUR and we discuss he deeply fascinating new book ENLIGHTENING SYMBOLS: A SHORT HISTORY OF MATHEMATICAL NOTATION AND ITS HIDDEN POWERS.
Cecile McLorin Salvant performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard and composes music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language as well as in Spanish.
Host Chet Williamson chats with bassist Martin Wind.
Returning to Inquiry tonight is the acclaimed scientist and writer BERND HEINRICH. Tonight he talks abut his new book THE HOMING INSTINCT: MEANING AND MYSTERY IN ANIMAL MIGRATION. This is a wonderful book that explores how different animals (including people), birds and invertebrates create homes and how they manage to find their way back home. Tune in and learn about beelining, how chestnut trees are spread through the forest and about a spider that made her home in Bernd’s home, right above his desk. Bernd Heinrich is one of the great writers in the study of natural history, tune in and find out why.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with author and illustrator ANNETTE CATE LEBLANC about her entertaining and informative new book for young readers: LOOK UP! BIRDWATCHING IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. Tune in and find out how Annette got interested in birds and how she crams so much onto every page. This is one of the best books in a long time that teaches young people how to observe and draw the natural world around them!
Broadway star Ken Page (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cats) and movie actor (Dreamgirls) talks about the way jazz used to influence stage performers and how he misses that influence in many performers today.
Host Chet Williamson chats with saxophonist Greg Abate.
Join host Tom Shaker for an end of the holiday weekend dance party. We'll play two songs back to back by every artist tonight, double the Aretha, double the JB, double the Sly!! It all starts at 7pm!!!
The boundless creative spirit and pianist Chick Corea spins from jazz to classical to the avant garde. Musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra expand the Corea songbook with their own arrangements. Chick Corea joins them on acoustic piano for Matrix, Crystal Silence and Tones for Joan’s Bones. Wendell Pierce hosts.