Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"A Different String," in Random Samples, Science, 23 January 2004, page463.

Mathematicians Claude Gauthier and Samuel Gaudet of the University of Moncton(Canada) have invented a new musical instrument. Their Y-shaped guitar, calleda tritare (or tritar), resulted from their research into p-series. Eachstring has three ends, which creates "unpredictable overtones" and colors. Thisshort piece has a picture of Gauthier and Gaudet with their creation. News ofthe tritare also appeared in the 28 November issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, noted inthe January 2004edition of Math in the Media , by Tony Phillips.

--- Mike Breen

American Mathematical Society