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The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World Hardcover – February 10, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0393239799 ISBN-10: 0393239799 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393239799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393239799
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places)

“Cox reminds us not only of the sonic marvels we often miss, but also how those sounds affect us.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This small encyclopedia of strange sounds reveals how much art there is in the act of listening. Reading it made my ears more mindful.” (Adam Gopnik)

“A technological travelogue conducted by an expert tour guide, bursting with aural arcana that adds just the right amount of tech-savvy detail, The Sound Book brings into relief a world often obscured in our image-heavy existence. Even as we follow Cox to the ends of the Earth, what makes his book a real rush is that it's ultimately an ear-buzzing journey to the center of our minds.” (Greg Milner, Perfecting Sound Forever)

“An intriguing tour d’horizon of the world of sound.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Turns up the volume on…sonic oddities.” (NPR)

“[A] mission to make sound tourism the next big thing.” (Gemma Tarlach - Discover)

“From its first page to its last, The Sound Book invites readers to close their eyes and open their ears to the sounds, both normal and peculiar, that surround us all.” (Science News)

“Charming… From its first page to its last, The Sound Book invites readers to close their eyes and open their ears to the sounds, both normal and peculiar, that surround us all.” (Sid Perkins - Science News Magazine)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. R. Drackett on 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 By Anton Stayduhar on 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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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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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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By pauli on June 4, 2014
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacob on April 3, 2014
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George R. Koonce on April 2, 2014
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A great book on the sounds that occur in nature and the influence that structures, natural and man-made, have on what we hear.
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