Our blog and Radio show for November 2017 celebrates the life and work of unsung hero, Dr. Amalie Emmy Noether mathematician, professor, and musician. Classical music has the power to motivate, inspire, educate and soothe pain. No one is immune from the power of music. Also included is an article and a video on how listening to classical music can improve education, health, healing, and memory.

Our article of the month is ““Stress Test Your Way to Excellent Customer Service ” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM

Radio Show Feature Question for November 2017: How did Classical Music play a part of Dr. Emmy Noether’s life as a mathematician, professor, and musician and what musical instrument did she play?


Amalie Emmy Noether was born on March 23, 1882 to Dr. Max Noether, mathematician and Ida Amalia Kaufmann Noether, a merchant’s daughter in Bavarian city of Erlangen later part of Germany. She was the oldest of four children and went by her middle name Emmy. As a child she was friendly and clever. She had “a minor lisp” when speaking and was nearsighted. As a child she was taught to play the piano and to dance.

A family friend shared the following story about “young Emmy Noether quickly solving a brain teaser at a children’s party, showing logical acumen at that early age.”   https://www.famousscientists.org/emmy-noether/

At a young age, Emmy Noether became proficient in French and English. In 1900 she took the teachers examination and received high scores. This exam qualified her to teach French and English at schools for girls.

She continued at the University of Erlangen where women were not permitted to take regular classes and participate. Women could audit the classes with “the permission of individual professors whose lectures they wanted to attend.” Emmy Noether was “one of only two women students” out of a total of 986 students.

On July 14, 1903, Emmy Noether “passed the graduation exam at Realgymnsium in Nuremburg, despite these obstacles.”


She continued her studies at the University of Gottingen from 1903-1904 where lectures were given by mathematicians Otto Blumenthal, Felix Klein, Herman Minkowski, and David Hilbert and astronomer Karl Schwarzschild.

Emmy Noether on October 24, 1904, returned to the University of Erlangen to study mathematics and follow in her father’s footsteps. Her dissertation of 1907 was “On Complete Systems of Invariants for Ternary Biquadratic Forms”. Paul Gordan supervised her dissertation.

Dr. Noether taught mathematics at the University of Erlangen for 7 years, 1908-1915, without pay. When her father, Dr. Max Noether, was ill she would substitute as lecturer for him. She published in 1910 and 1911 “an extension of her thesis work.”


Dr. Emmy Noether Solves a Problem in Dr. Einstein’s Theory of Gravity

In 1915, Emmy Noether was invited by David Hilbert and Felix Klein, the top mathematicians in the world, to investigate a problem in Albert Einstein’s new “Theory of Gravity” at the University of Gottingen. “The theory did not adhere to a well established physical principle known as conservation of energy, which states that energy can change forms but can never be destroyed. Total energy is supposed to remain constant.” Noether showed “that energy may not be conserved locally- that is, in an arbitrarily small patch of space-but everything works out when the space is sufficiently large.” http://discovermagazine.com/2017/june/the-universe-according-to-emmy-noether

Dr. Emmy Noether Supervising Doctoral Students:

Dr. Emmy Noether at the University of Gottingen supervised over a “dozen doctoral students” including Grete Hermann, Max Deuring, Hans Fitting, Zeng Jiongzhi, and other. Her students made important contributions to mathematics. Grete Hermann, Dr. Noether’s first doctoral student “spoke reverently of her dissertation –mother.”

Dr. Noether Considerate of Others & Promoted the Work of her Students:

“In addition to her mathematical insight, Noether was respected for her consideration of others.” She had “a reputation for constant helpfulness and patient guidance of new students. Her loyalty to mathematical precision caused one colleague to name her “a severe critic”, but she combined this demand for accuracy with a nurturing attitude. A colleague later described her as: “Completely un-egotistical and free of vanity, she never claimed anything for herself, but promoted the works of her students above all.”


Working in Russia 1928-1929: Dr. Noether accepted the opportunity to work at Moscow State University continuing her work with P.S. Alexandrov. She also continued her research, teaching classes in algebraic geometry and in abstract algebra, and working with topologists, Lev Pontryagin and Nikolai Chebotaryov.


1932 Award for Dr. Emmy Noether’s work:

Dr. Emmy Noether and Emil Artin were awarded the “Ackermann-Teubner Memorial Award for their contributions to mathematics” which included a “reward of 500 Reichsmarks”. The award was “a long-overdue official recognition” for her mathematics work. She was not promoted to full professor or elected to the “academy of sciences” which frustrated her colleagues.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Noether#University_of_Erlangen 

Dr. Emmy Noether moves to the United States in 1933:

Dr. Emmy Noether taught at University of Gottingen until the Nazi’s took over dismissing all professors who were Jewish. Dr. Einstein helped her to obtain a position at Bryn Mawr College in the United States.

Lecturing at Princeton University in 1934:

Dr. Noether was invited to lecture at Princeton by Abraham Flexner and Oswald Veblen. She supervised and worked with Harry Vandiver and Abraham Albert. Dr. Noether said, “She was not welcome at the “men’s university, where nothing female is admitted.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Noether#University_of_Erlangen

On April 14,1935, Dr. Emmy Noether died from cancer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She was 53.

Dr. Noether ‘s friends, colleagues, and students, “loved and respected” her for sharing her knowledge with them, her helpfulness, and patient guidance of her students, her nurturing attitude, and for promoting the work of others. https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/emmy-noether-507.php b

“Dr. Emmy Noether’s groundbreaking work in abstract algebra and theoretical physics led to concepts .. “Noether’s Theorem,” “Noetherian rings,” and “Noetherian induction ” lives on. Dr. Andrew Strominger, physicist at Harvard said, “One hundred years later, Dr. Noether’s theorem keeps finding more and more applications.” https://www.biography.com/people/emmy-noether-39432

Dr. Noether was an unsung hero who “revolutionized the areas of abstract algebra and theoretical physics”, taught dozens of doctoral students who made important discoveries in mathematics because of her inspiring and nurturing guidance to them. She was a musician and a role model and trail blazer for women.

Dr. Emmy Noether’s colleagues said the following about her:

BL van Waerden, algebraist said, “that her mathematical originality was “absolute beyond comparison.”

Hermann Weyl said that Noether “changed the face of algebra by her work.”

“During her lifetime and even until today, Noether has been characterized as the greatest woman mathematician in recorded history by mathematicians Pavel Alexandrov, Hermann Weyl, and Jean Dieudonne’.”

Albert Einstein wrote in a letter to The New York Times, “In the judgment of the most competent living mathematicians, Fräulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began. In the realm of algebra, in which the most gifted mathematicians have been busy for centuries, she discovered methods which have proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians.”

Norbert Wiener, mathematician, wrote on January 2, 1935, several months before her death, “Miss Noether is… the greatest woman mathematician who has ever lived; and the greatest woman scientist of any sort now living, and a scholar at least on the plane of Madame Curie.”



“Stress Test Your Way to Excellent Customer Service” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM

How is the customer service at your business? Does it need improving?

“The only way a brick and mortar business will survive today and tomorrow is by creating an outstanding customer experience” says, Dave “The Shef” Sheffield, motivational speaker, and coach.

“Of course our business can handle high stress/peak demand situations… ” says every business owner ever.

What is said is often different than reality when put to the test.

Stress testing or “Red Teaming” is when a business or organization is pushed to the limits. Whether it is in a retail business, military, cyber, or any other type of business; saying you perform well under stress is different than actually doing it.

Macy’s “secret shopping” excursion:

Bryce Hoffman, author of Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything, made a surprise visit to Macy’s in March 2017 after the new CEO took command and had begun his restructuring plan which included reducing the sales staff at Macy’s.

Mr. Hoffman went shopping at Macy’s and wanted to ask a salesperson about one of their products. He looked for a salesperson for 10 minutes. When he could not find anyone to answer his question he left the store.

The most important rule for your salesperson is to be available, on time, have a positive attitude and be there to answer your customer’s questions. If you are understaffed, focus on teaching your staff to recognize people who are wandering around looking for something, and what to do when they encounter them.

(At the very least have a bell or buzzer at your customer service desk so your customers can reach your salesperson.)

What are the three secrets of creating “outstanding customer service” in your business?

  1. Choose and train your sales persons to be on time, to be dependable, to have a positive attitude, to be tuned in to the needs of your customers. Have a bell at the desk, if you are short help, so customers can ring for assistance.
  2. Your salesperson listens to what your customer’s want and need for your products to do and shares the benefits of each product including the price. Your salesperson has the solution to your customer’s problem.
  3. Your salesperson has a passion and knowledge for your products and happily shares them with your customers. Your salesperson knows everything about these products and when your salesperson makes a promise they keep it!

As Jeffrey Gitomer, sales expert says, your salesperson is your “trusted adviser.”

To keep your brick and mortar business surviving, create outstanding customer service, by training your salespersons to be on time, dependable, have a positive attitude, to be personable, trustworthy, knowledgeable about your product, and to listen and want to help your customers. Your salespersons are passionate about your products and enjoy helping their customers solve their problems.

Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is an Amazon.com Best Selling Author, speaker, business owner, teacher, and concert artist. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Business”. Her observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your business successful. Her latest book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” is available everywhere books are sold. © 2017 Madeline Frank

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Program Pairs Peabody Student With Edenwald Residents” by Margarita Cambest (Oct. 4, 2017) from The Baltimore Sun.

“Sam York moved to Edenwald in August as part of the Peabody Conservatory’s Musician-in-Residence program. Now in it’s third year, the program connects student musicians with residential facilities throughout the Baltimore area who agree to host the students in exchange for musical services.”

“Though the contractual relationships between hosts and musicians varies, students are generally provided with a place to live in exchange for a defined set of musical services, including open practice sessions, informal weekly concerts and room visits, Hoover said. The benefit for the students goes far beyond the living arrangement, which is not inconsequential, but they build relationships across generations, which has benefits that they couldn’t really imagine,” Hoover said, adding that the experience makes participating students more well-rounded.”

This program brings music students to live, play music, and build relationships with the residents in the retirement community. Music helps unlock memory for the residents.



The following video is from KSL News in Utah: “A 5th grader named “Nathan” plays piano during his recess time for 1st graders because he thinks music is important for them.”



“The Secret of Teaching Science & Math Through Music” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is available in book form, and newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook:


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For over 30 years, Dr. Madeline Frank has helped children and adults overcome problems through Classical music. Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM is an award winning teacher, author, researcher, speaker and concert artist. She has found a scientific link between studying and/or listening to musical instruments and academic and societal success. Madeline Frank earned her Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Her education has included scholarships at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the University of Cincinnati and she has a violin performance diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts. (C) 2017 Madeline Frank.