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Discord: The Story of Noise

Discord: The Story of Noise

As humankind creates ever more noise, the battle to manage and control it intensifies. Mike Goldsmith considers the long history of that battle, explains the science and physiology, explores how new scientific approaches may affect the future of sound, and looks at how discord an... read full description below.

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Published 26 November 2012 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Goldsmith, Mike
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ISBN-13 9780199600687
ISBN-10 0199600686
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 26 November 2012
International Publication Date 12 October 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Goldsmith, Mike
Category Popular Science
Other Technologies
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 219mm
Spine: 31mm
Weight 522g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Sound - Measurement, Noise pollution, Noise - Measurement, Sound - History, Noise - History
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 620.23
Catalogue Code 261536

Description of this Book

Noise is a widely recognized problem and health concern in the modern world. Given the importance of managing noise levels and developing suitable 'soundscapes' in contexts such as industry, schools, or public spaces, this is an area of active research for acousticians. But noise, in the sense of dissonance, can also be used positively; composers have employed it from Baroque music to Rock feedback; medicine harnesses it to shatter kidney stones and treat cancer; and even the military uses it in (real and rumoured) weapons. Mike Goldsmith looks back at the long history of the battle between people and noise - a battle that has changed our lives and moulded our societies. He investigates how increasing noise levels relate to human progress, from the clatter of wheels on cobbles to the sound of heavy machinery; he explains how our scientific understanding of sound and hearing has developed; and he looks at noise in nature, including the remarkable ways in which some animals, such as shrimps, use noise as a weapon or to catch prey. He concludes by turning to the future, discussing the noise sources which are likely to dominate it and the ways in which new science and new ideas may change the way our future will sound.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review an entertaining and informative history, written by someone with scholarly enthusiasm, which raises important issues and merits a wide readership. Rupert Christiansen, Literary Review [a] spectacularly good book. New Scientist
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Dr Mike Goldsmith has a PhD in astrophysics from Keele University, awarded for research into variable supergiant stars and cosmic dust formation. From 1987 until 2007 he worked in the Acoustics Group at the UK's National Physical Laboratory and was Head of the group for many years. His work there included research into automatic speech recognition, human speech patterns, environmental noise, and novel microphones. He continues to work with NPL on a freelance basis and has recently lead a three-year project to develop a new type of environmental noise mapping system. He has published over 40 scientific papers and technical reports, and since 1999, he has written over 30 science books for readers from babies to adults. Two of his books have been short-listed for the Aventis prize (now the Royal Society prize) for science books.

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