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July 2013 - Science of Music & Earthquakes

What do earthquakes and music have in common? Music usually leaves us with a smile on our face and our bodies swaying to the beat. Strong earthquakes usually leave us (and buildings) swaying for a completely different reason.

Dr Matthew Agius, dance act U-Bahn member and seismologist at the University of Malta, will give a Malta Cafe Scientifique talk on 'Science of Music and Earthquakes' at this year’s Evenings on Campus. The talk will be held on Thursday 8 August, at 20:00 on the Quadrangle (Atriju Vassalli), University of Malta.

Matthew will use his DJ talents to entertain the audience with his tracks while explaining the science behind music. How are sound waves formed? How do we hear? How do you compose digital music and mix it to jazz it all up? And, in the footsteps of Brian Cox, does a physics degree help in making music?

Matthew will then use the same principles behind music to explain earthquakes. Earthquakes have hit Malta in the past, famously toppling cathedrals. Understanding earthquakes is vital in predicting them and giving more time for people to prepare for them, as well as constructing buildings that can stay standing.

Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta ( The Malta Café Scientifique initiative is in line with RIDT’s objectives, highlighting the value and usefulness of science and research. RIDT actively seeks additional funds to expand the University’s research studies.

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