The lecture took place on Saturday, February 24th at 4 p.m. at our school. It was all about science and jazz.
The lecture was given by Maciej Lewenstein – professor of physics and a true global citizen. Lewenstein is a distinguished Polish scholar, one of the most frequently quoted physicists in the world. His achievements and international academic career make him a figure that may well serve as a model for modern Polish science. Together with Tomasz Stańko, he created “Projekt Barcelona”, a Polish and Spanish artistic project with jazz, poetry and science in the background. He is the author of an excellent book titled “Polish Jazz Recordings and Beyond” dedicated to Polish jazz, intended to popularize authors of Polish jazz music worldwide.
The speaker discussed the formal concept of math-based abstraction and explain the notion of modelling in physics as a process of abstraction from detail to essence. He presented examples, ranging from a simple pendulum to quantum simulators. Next, he discussed the subject of abstraction in visual arts: from realism to impressionism, cubism, abstractionism and, finally, abstract expressionism.
With fragments of works, he illustrated contemporary trends in music, using the example of jazz: from harmonious swing to modal jazz, free jazz, finishing on total improvisation.