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Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound Hardcover – Feb 25 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (Feb. 25 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847922104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847922106
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #391,133 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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Great book but the hyper-links to the footnotes don't work in the Kindle version! March 30 2014
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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!
Why sound and silence matters Feb. 28 2014
By Stephen Cox - Published on
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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.