The Music of Physics : An Introduction to the Harmonies of Nature.

Author
Gibson, George N. [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Εdition
1st ed.
Published/​Created
  • Milton : Jenny Stanford Publishing, 2024.
  • ©2024.
Description
1 online resource (318 pages)

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This textbook is written for a very specific purpose and audience: It serves as a breadth requirement for a general education program at the college level for non-science majors. It is intended to satisfy a science-and-technology, quantitative-reasoning, and, optionally, a lab requirement.
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Contents
  • Cover
  • Half Title
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication
  • Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Purpose and Scope of the Textbook
  • 1. Waves and the Language of Physics
  • 1.1 Pitch, Loudness, Timbre
  • 1.2 Units, Graphs, Formulas
  • 1.3 Dependencies: Qualitative and Quantitative
  • 1.4 Problems
  • 2. Melodic Instruments and the Origins of Music and Science
  • 2.1 Neanderthal Flutes and Greek Lyres
  • 2.2 Pythagorean Intervals
  • 2.3 Vibrating Strings
  • 2.4 Pythagorean Scales
  • 2.5 Space-Time Connection
  • 2.6 Air Columns and Boundary Conditions
  • 2.7 Music of the Spheres and the Lessons of Pythagoras
  • 2.8 New Scales and the Development of Western Harmony
  • 2.9 Problems
  • 3. Non-Melodic Instruments: Non-Harmonic and 2D Systems
  • 3.1 Vibrating Bars and Non-linear Dependencies
  • 3.2 Overtone Series, Addition of Waves, and Tone Quality
  • 3.3 Dimensional Acoustic Cavities
  • 3.4 Cavity Mode Diagrams
  • 3.5 Spectroscopy, Modern Physics, and Music of the Spheres
  • 3.6 Problems
  • 4. Waves and Interference
  • 4.1 General Properties of Waves
  • 4.2 Constructive and Destructive Interference
  • 4.3 Interference in Reflections
  • 4.4 Interference Patterns
  • 4.5 Interference in Time: Beats
  • 4.6 Light Waves
  • 4.7 Problems
  • 5. Applications: Feedback and the Doppler Shift
  • 5.1 Gain and Feedback
  • 5.2 Applications of Feedback
  • 5.3 The Doppler Effect
  • 5.4 Sonic Booms and Shock Waves
  • 5.5 Problems
  • 6. Psychoacoustics: Consonance and Dissonance
  • 6.1 Structure of the Ear and Pitch Perception
  • 6.2 Critical Bandwidth and Just Noticeable Difference
  • 6.3 Pure Tones, Consonance and Dissonance
  • 6.4 Complex Tones, Fourier Analysis, and the Missing Fundamental
  • 6.5 Difference Tones
  • 6.6 Problems
  • Appendix: Companion Laboratories for The Music of Physics
  • Bibliography
  • Index.
ISBN
  • 1-04-003654-6
  • 1-003-48481-6
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