In 1959, the British novelist and physicist Sir C.P. Snow gave a famous lecture ruing what he saw as a rift between society’s “two cultures”—the humanities and the sciences. Snow would surely be heartened, half a century later, by Dartmouth doctoral student Andy Sarroff.
“I have one foot in the music department and one foot in the computer science department,” says Sarroff.
“I would describe myself as being in the field of music-information retrieval,” he continues. “It’s not...[more]