Talks by M.R. Schroeder

14.01.2004 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.

13.06.2003 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 birthday.
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.

06.11.2003 Lise Meitner: Zur 125. Wiederkehr Ihres Geburtstages
Vortrag 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.
It 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".

14.05.2004 Music and Mathematics (PDF, 416 KB)
Talk given at the Leopoldina-Symposium "Science and Music - The Impact of Music"
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.


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