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Science and Music

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By: James Jeans

284 pages, photographs and diagrams

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2009 | #180778 | ISBN-13: 9780521744898
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Sir James Jeans has used his remarkable gifts of exposition to set out all that is relevant in the science of acoustics to the art of music. He offers a simple but precise account (illustrated with well-chosen photographs and diagrams) of the anatomical origin and workings of the human ear; the nature of sound vibrations; simple tones and complex sounds; the principles and operation of musical instruments; harmony and the musical scale; the effects of music on men and animals; and the practical problems of acoustical design. First published in 1961.


1. Introduction;
2. Tuning-forks and pure tones;
3. The vibrations of strings and harmonics;
4. The vibrations of air;
5. Harmony and discord;
6. The concert room;
7. Hearing;

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