Musical highlights history, concepts of calculus

A musical review of the history and concepts of calculus, “Calculus: the Musical,” makes it Hanover College debut Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The performance is free and open to the public.

Presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, the show uses musical parodies from light opera to hip-hop to introduce and illuminate such mathematical concepts as limits, integration and differentiation. Its unique comic style dramatizes some high points of calculus’ history.

The quest for the instantaneous rate of change and the area under the curve comes to life through song. From Archimedes to Riemann, the review features musical tributes to The Beatles, Gilbert & Sullivan, Madonna, Petula Clark and Eminem. This engaging and educational lesson is nothing at all like a high school textbook.

Written and composed by Marc Gutman and Sadie Bowman, “Calculus: the Musical” debuted in 2006 at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and has continued its run at high schools, colleges and conferences around the country. The show earned the 2007 Fringe Festival Audience Pick along with to rave reviews and a sold out extended run.

Reservations are not required, but encouraged. To make a reservation, contact Rusty Jones at