I saw two tweets last week that I can’t stop thinking about. First, this one that got everyone on Twitter talking about the way they process thoughts.

I think I’m the second type. I *can* think in sentences, if I try, but it’s always a conscious effort. I have…

Sometimes music helps you study. Other times it’s a major annoyance. What’s going on, and why are all the scientific studies so different?

Yesterday I described some studies that show a slight advantage, in some situations, of listening to music while you study. But what if you can’t study with…

Some musicians – and many scientists – don’t get paid to entertain you. Here’s why.

Irish Folk Session, The Old Dubliner Hamburg. By Hinnerk R (Hinnerk Rümenapf) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

I’ve played in orchestras for about twenty years, have performed alongside professional musicians, and for sold out crowds. If you look closely you can see me playing violin in a BBC documentary. As part of…

Photo of Brian May by Maria Sealey from Pexels

Musicians make us dance, sway, sing along, and tap our feet. But did you know some of them also spend a lot of time studying science? Below are eleven scientific discoveries made by professional musicians, in fields ranging from astrophysics to neuroscience.

1. The planet Uranus

Discovered by William Herschel (composer)

William Herschel was…

There’s more to genres than can be captured by an algorithm.

Music genres are hard to define. They have something to do with sorting music by rhythm, melody, tempo, tonality, or instrumentation, but it’s more than that. Genres are also based on historic and social concepts. When was the music written? Which country is it from? In what setting is it…

Eva Amsen 🔬🎶

Writer, science communicator, musician. Find more of my writing at Forbes.com, Undark, Nature, Nautilus, The Scientist, Hakai and other places.

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