The Beatles and Mathematics–Two Great Tastes

A Mathematical Mystery Tour
On NPR this morning, Kevin Devlin talks about the connection between the Beatles “Hard Day’s Night” and Fourier Analysis. That jangling chord that starts the song? The analysis can tell you just how the Beatles did it in the days before synthesizers.
This sort of analysis might lead to being able to determine the authorship of songs that are in dispute, like “In My Life”. The theory goes that musicians have certain patterns and cadences that Fourier Analysis can tease out.