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Discord: The Story of Noise

Discord: The Story of Noise (Paperback)

By Goldsmith, Mike

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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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ISBN 9780199687794
Released NZ 4 Feb 2014
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780199687794
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 4 Feb 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Goldsmith, Mike
Category Popular Science
Other Technologies
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 620.23
Weight 350g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Sound - Measurement, Noise pollution, Noise - Measurement, Sound - History, Noise - History
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade