Music

March 2017

Featured Stories

Departments

Contributors

Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2017 issue of The Scientist.

Editorial

Song of Ourselves

“Nature’s melodies” may be a human construct that says more about us than about the musicality of other animals.

Speaking of Science

Notebook

Critic at Large

Modus Operandi

Features

Bats Sing Sort of Like Birds

Some bat vocalizations resemble bird songs, though at higher frequencies, and as researchers unveil the behaviors’ neural underpinnings, the similarities may run even deeper.

The Mystery of Whale Song

Structured whale songs are shared by group members and evolve over time, but the calls’ functions are still unclear.

The Literature

Profile

Singing In the Brain

His first love was dance, but Erich Jarvis has long courted another love—understanding how the brain learns vocalization.

Scientist to Watch

Lab Tools

Careers

Reading Frames

Foundations

Newton’s Color Theory, ca. 1665

Newton’s rainbow forms the familiar ROYGBIV because he thought the range of visible colors should be analogous to the seven-note musical scale.