Where Science Meets the Arts

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Science  10 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5570, pp. 1032
DOI: 10.1126/science.1069028

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Beethoven's Anvil Music in Mind and Culture. William Benzon. Basic Books (HarperCollins), New York, 2001. 352 pp. $27.50, £19.99. ISBN 0-465-01543-3.

Exploring links between music and the brain, Benzon argues that music, dance, ritual, and religion were intermixed in early humans. He concludes that by engaging many parts of the brain, music "literally keeps the brain in tune with itself and with the brains of others."