- Hanover NH
An experienced physics professor who has taught at Dartmouth College and Haverford College, Stephon Alexander is also a longtime jazz saxophonist who is currently at work on the book Jazz of Physics. Stephon Alexander’s work engages readers in understanding how improvisation and geometric reasoning connect in both disciplines.
In particular, Mr. Alexander compares the exploratory playing of Pat Martino and John Coltrane with the equally inventive research achievements of luminaries such as Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman. The trade book is set to be published by Basic Books.
Mr. Alexander’s background in music included playing saxophone in East Coast clubs while completing a PhD in theoretical physics at Brown University. Taking a sabbatical from teaching at Dartmouth College in 2012, Stephon Alexander met the Brooklyn-based electronic artist Rioux and engaged in a discussion that ranged from astrophysics to musical influences. The initial result was the song Here Comes Now, which combines Afro-Caribbean beats, psychedelia, and spoken word in describing the universe’s creation. The song ultimately inspired an eclectic 2014 album of the same title.