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Belly dancer in 8.03, Tecn coverage spark controversy

This is in response to the letter concerning the dance by Ms. Sardis on Wednesday, September 11, during my Physics III (8.03) lecture ["Oscillation demonstration offensive," Sept. 17].

An important part of 8.03 will be demonstrations of oscillatory phenomena around us, including music, speech and vision. I am saddened that the outstanding performance of a traditional Middle-Eastern art form by an accomplished artist was objectionable to members of the MIT community, and interpreted as an offensive and insensitive act. I used a recording of the radio frequency signal form Pulsar CP 1919 followed by the dance as two examples of the diverse manifestations of oscillatory motions in the cosmos and on earth.

It is now clear that I have not fully appreciated the sensibilities of students and colleagues, and that I have caused pain to some. This I sincerely regret.

George Bekefi->

Professor of Physics->