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The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World [Kindle Edition]

Trevor Cox
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Book Description

A tour of the world’s most amazing acoustic phenomena that reveals how sound works in everyday life.

Trevor Cox is on a hunt for the sonic wonders of the world. A renowned expert who engineers classrooms and concert halls, Cox has made a career of eradicating bizarre and unwanted sounds. But after an epiphany in the London sewers, Cox now revels in exotic noises—creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, humming dunes, seals that sound like alien angels, and a Mayan pyramid that chirps like a bird. With forays into archaeology, neuroscience, biology, and design, Cox explains how sound is made and altered by the environment, how our body reacts to peculiar noises, and how these mysterious wonders illuminate sound’s surprising dynamics in everyday settings—from your bedroom to the opera house. The Sound Book encourages us to become better listeners in a world dominated by the visual and to open our ears to the glorious cacophony all around us.

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As a seasoned architectural acoustics specialist, Cox has made a living out of retrofitting theaters and classrooms to minimize unwanted echoes and other sonic distortions. While visiting an unusually reverberant London sewer, Cox had a sudden epiphany that spawned a new hobby somewhat at odds with his chosen profession: seeking out and cataloging unusual noises. One result of his research is this enchanting guidebook to the “sonic wonders of the world,” in which he analyzes such aural anomalies as humming sand dunes and chirping Mayan pyramids. Without getting lost in arcane scientific minutiae, Cox provides several easily digested lessons in acoustics on his way to describing the many sonic marvels he visited and studied around the world, from the famous whispering gallery of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral to the melancholy underwater songs produced by bearded seals near the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Interspersed with witty anecdotes and surprising observations on the nature of hearing, Cox’s work will give readers a new appreciation for both the odd and the ordinary noises that form the soundtrack of our daily lives. --Carl Hays


"An intriguing tour d'horizon of the world of sound." ---Kirkus

Product Details

  • File Size: 3732 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393239799
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DX5X9DE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned how to listen again! March 2, 2014
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Interesting to learn how musical instruments reverberate, as explanations for some of the great sonic spaces in nature and man made. I will now listen to everything differently, and as a result, hear my surroundings differently.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars misleading April 16, 2014
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For those with scientific interest in acoustics, you'll find little science here. The book reads more like a tour guide, complete with over the top and unnecessary scenic detail, that falls far short of increasing anyone's knowledge of acoustics in more than the most elementary terms (and that's an understatement). Best placed in the travel section.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Although I enjoyed the book July 23, 2014
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Although I enjoyed the book, I was expecting more "science." Additionally, writing a book about sound is like giving a slide presentation about color photography - in black and white. Fortunately, I read the book on my kindle fire and on my Kindle for PC. This allowed me to highlight and then search the internet for audio files of his examples. That made it a lot more fun. Thank Amazon for this wonderful technology!! I love my Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly satisfying book June 30, 2014
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After hearing an interview with the author on NPR, I was intrigued enough to order this book. It was very much well worth it. If you're an audio engineer or lay-person interested in the way sound works in our world, you'll enjoy this book. From natural phenomena to man-made artifacts, both old and new, the way sound works in our world is intriguingly explored in a very easy to read manner. This is not a technical book, nor a difficult read - and neither is it unnecessarily dumbed-down either. Get it. You'll enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information June 4, 2014
By pauli
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There was so much information, much of which I had never focused on before and/or thought about. Today, I listened to my favorite birds singing with an even more sensitive interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 14, 2014
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Gave this book as a gift to an audiologist friend who found it quite fascinating
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4.0 out of 5 stars a different approach to sensing the world April 3, 2014
By Jacob
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Shortly After reading the chapter on echoes, I visited Mt. Bromo with my family. Instead of just looking at the crater of this volcano and viewing the surrounding caldera, we experimented with listening to this area as well. Mt. Bromo is another place to add to any sound tourism list as its echoes were splendid. I am glad for the increased awareness this book gave me for observing soundscapes as well as views.
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