Long Island Subsection of the American Chemical Society Seminar

Start Date: March 02 2017 - 05:30 PM

End Date: March 02 2017 - 07:30 PM

Audience: General Public Event

Category: Lectures

Location: S-112


LIACS Seminar Presenter: Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, Texas A&M University Title : Violence and Violins

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, Texas A&M University Title : Violence and Violins Abstract: Dr. Joseph Nagyvary's talk will be of interest to many disciplines in particular Chemistry, History and Music. It will focus on his recently published book "Violence and Violins - The Making of a Hungarian Refugee". Dr. Nagyvary will talk about his time as a young Hungarian chemistry students during the period of the Cold War, and how he and his fellow students participated in the 1956 uprising and fight for freedom. He will also talk about his journey from escaping Hungary to Austria, to Switzerland, to England and to finally ending up in the United States in 1964 where he currently resides. Dr. Nagyvary will explain how his life experiences and childhood passion for classical music lead him to research and develop his theory that the chemicals used to treat the wood used to make the violin - and not Stradivarius' violin-making skills - were the thing responsible for its unique, pristine sound. His theory caused considerable outrage in music circles, but was indeed correct (Nature, 444, 30 Nov. 2006, p.565). His book, published last October coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 events and is now available at Amazon. For more information on its content, go to www.violenceandviolins.com and for more information regarding his violins please visit http://www.nagyvaryviolins.com.


Contact Name: Dominic Hull

Contact Phone: 718.281.5327

Contact Email: dhull@qcc.cuny.edu

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