Talks by M.R. Schroeder
||Remembering the Good Days at Bell Laboratories
Talk given at the Special Workshop
"Masters in Speech Processing"
January 14, 2004 in Maui, Hawai.
The decades following World War Two are considered the best years of Bell Laboratories. Indeed, it was the time when the transistor, the solar battery and information theory were born. Other noteworthy advances include new error correcting codes, integrated circuits, and digital signal processing.
I was priviledged to work at the Labs from 1954 to 1987 and I will attempt to convey, from my limited perspective, the spirit of those days at a unique place. In addition to my personal adventures, I will touch on work in speech, computer graphics, concert hall acoustics, and underwater sound.
||Werner Heisenberg: Erinnerungen eines ehemaligen Studenten
Vortrag gehalten bei der Eröffnungsveranstaltung der Ausstellung
"Werner Heisenberg, Forscher, Lehrer und Organisator der Wissenschaft"
am 13.06.03 in der Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen.
This talk was given at the University of Göttingen at the opening of an
exhibition in honor of Werner Heisenberg on the occasion of his 100th
It contains reminiscences by the author who knew Heisenberg
both as a student and personally. It also includes a brief
general-audience overview of Quantum Mechanics and its significance for
our world view.
||Lise Meitner: Zur 125. Wiederkehr Ihres Geburtstages
gehalten zur Eröffnung der Lise-Meitner-Ausstellung
am 06.11.03 in der
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.
This talk was given at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin on the occasion of Lise
Meitner's 125th birthday and the opening of an exposition in her honor.
contains a brief account of the discovery of nuclear fission bei Hahn and
Strassmann and the proper interpretation of their results by Lise Meitner and her nephew Otto Robert Frisch in December 1938. At the same time Meitner and Frisch coined the term "nuclear fission".
||Music and Mathematics (PDF, 416 KB)
Talk given at the Leopoldina-Symposium "Science and Music - The Impact
on May 14, 2004 in Halle (Saale), Germany. Published in:
Nova Acta Leopoldina N.F. 92, Nr. 341, ISBN 3-8047-2237-7 (Halle, 2005), pp. 9-15
This talk discusses the acoustics of New York's Philharmonic Hall (now
Avery Fisher Hall) and the invention of sound-scattering surfaces based on
number theory. Further topics are new musical scales and algorithms for
generating "baroque" music.
Letzte Änderung: 24. Januar 2006