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Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound [Hardcover]

Trevor Cox

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Book Description

Feb. 25 2014
An original and compelling tour of the world's most amazing acoustic phenomena and a passionate plea for a deeper appreciation of and respect for our shared sonic landscapes.
Creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, squeaking beaches, groaning waterwheels, frogs that croak in Mexican waves, Mayan pyramids that produce echoes that chirp like a bird -- these are just a sample of the impressive, strange and surprising sounds that the acoustic engineer Trevor Cox has tracked down in his search for the 'sonic wonders of the world'.

In The Sound Book, he uses his experiences of visiting sewers, caves, tidal bores, burial mounds, sand dunes, concert halls and more to explore how sound is made and altered by the environment, how our body hears, perceives and reacts to peculiar sounds, and how sounds and acoustics have inspired musicians, artists and writers. 

Ranging across a dizzying array of realms including literature, classical music, history, archaeology, psychology, neuroscience, geology, physics, biology and ecology, the book is an original and compelling tour of the world's most amazing acoustic phenomena and the sometimes even stranger people behind them -- and a passionate plea for a deeper appreciation of and respect for our shared sonic landscapes.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (Feb. 25 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847922104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847922106
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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   • "A riveting ear-opener, Trevor Cox describes in lyrical detail a range of sonic events and new ways of listening that can only brighten our experience of the acoustic world around us. A must-read for sound-lovers of all stripes." --Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra

About the Author

Born in 1967, TREVOR COX is professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford and president of the Institute of Acoustics. He has presented numerous science radio documentaries and has written for the New Scientist. He is an associate editor for an international journal of acoustics.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but the hyper-links to the footnotes don't work in the Kindle version! March 30 2014
By Hamish - Published on
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This is an amazing book and I'm really enjoying reading it, except for one vital flaw - the hyperlinks to the large number of footnotes don't seem to work!
5.0 out of 5 stars Why sound and silence matters Feb. 28 2014
By Stephen Cox - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Do duck's quacks really not echo? *** Could you build a staircase which wolfwhistled when you clapped at it? What's the most reverberant space known, or the quietest outdoor place in Britain (turns out to be on a military firing range.)
Cox says we underestimate the importance of sound, he has shown that loud open plan schools reduce the performance of their pupils. Public buildings and spaces are built without considering the soundscape. In this lively and accessible work Cox bursts balloons in Neolithic stone circles, crawls into disused oil tanks, tests out whether cave paintings were done in caves with specific sound features, and checks out a Buddhist silent retreat (a bit like a lock-in at a wholefood shop)..

This is a popular science book you will read again.

*** Cox proved they do, its a myth.

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