A scholarly study about the rhythm, rhythm, rhythm of walking, walking, walking in the city. That’s what you’ll hear about — and you’ll hear it accompanied by a bongo drum — in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
This week, Marc Abrahams discusses a study about the rhythms of walking in cities, with fluid dynamicist Nicole Sharp, creator of FYFD, the internet’s most popular site about fluid dynamics. Sharp accompanies her dramatic readings from the study, here, with a bongo drum.
- Walking in the city: “Walking and rhythmicity: Sensing urban space,” by Filipa Matos Wunderlich, published in the Journal of Urban Design, in 2008.
- Bongo drums.
Here, inspired by the Wunderlich study, is an artistic composite image, created by Nan Swift starting with a photo from the Caltech archives, of city streets and bongo-playing physicist Richard Feynman, who is known to have walked many city streets:
The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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