Sound is integral to how we experience the world, in the form of noise as well as music. But what is sound? What is the physical basis of pitch and harmony? And how are sound waves exploited in musical instruments?
In this Very Short Introduction Mike Goldsmith looks at the science of sound and explores sound in different contexts, covering the audible and inaudible, sound underground and underwater, accoustic and electric, and hearing in humans and animals. He also considers the problem of sound out of place - noise and its reduction.
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-Wow! This book is nice ... and cute ... I highly recommend this book. Perhaps this is the best
general book discussing -acoustics- in a very elementary sense.- - Richard J. Peppin, Rion Co. Ltd. and Engineers for Change, Inc.
"Wow! This book is nice...and cute...I highly recommend this book. Perhaps this is the best general book discussing "acoustics" in a very elementary sense." - Richard J. Peppin, Rion Co. Ltd. and Engineers for Change, Inc.
"The book has something for everyone, and the author has done a remarkable job in assembling so much information and condensing it into a truly pocket-size edition. I do not know of another title that covers so much about sound in a nontechnical yet scientific manner." - Michael Greenfield, Physics Today
1: Past sounds
2: The nature of sound
3: Sounds in harmony
4: Hearing sound
5: Electronic sound
6: Ultrasound and infrasound
7: Sound underwater and underground
8: Sound out of place