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Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Wooden Books)

by Anthony Ashton

Series: Wooden Books

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Being right brained, I easily understood tangible math. Music was always a little more complicated - I could hear it and was utterly enchanted by it, but until this book, could not grasp how it could be represented on paper. Now I enjoy both subjects so much better, especially understanding their mystically beautiful relationship! ( )
  moominlove | Jun 5, 2010 |
A beautifully typeset book with beautiful illustrations. Particularly interesting for anyone interested in both math and music. ( )
  byorgey | Nov 4, 2009 |
Awesome little book with fascinating illustrations from the harmonograph. Another visual look at sound and vibration with an instrument I didn't even know existed. ( )
  talltrickster | Aug 11, 2007 |
Cute little book that holds insight into the relationship between music and the sciences. ( )
  sanbeiji | May 26, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802714099, Hardcover)

During the nineteenth century, a remarkable scientific instrument known as a harmonograph revealed the beautiful patterns found in music. Harmonograph is an introduction to the evolution of simple harmonic theory, from the discoveries of Pythagoras to diatonic tuning and equal temperament. Beautiful drawings show the octave as triangle, the fifth as pentagram; diagrams show the principles of harmonics, overtones, and the monochord. Anthony Ashton examines the phenomenon of resonance in Chladni patterns, describes how to build a harmonograph of your own, and provides tables of world tuning systems. This inspiring book will appeal to musicians, mathematicians, designers, and artists alike.

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During the nineteenth century, a remarkable scientific instrument known as a harmonograph revealed the beautiful patterns found in music. Harmonograph is an introduction to the evolution of simple harmonic theory, from the discoveries of Pythagoras to diatonic tuning and equal temperament. Beautiful drawings show the octave as a triangle, the fifth as a pentagram; diagrams show the principles of harmonics, overtones, and the monochord. Anthony Ashton examines the phenomenon of resonance in Chladni patterns, describes how to build a harmonograph of your own, and provides tables of world tuning systems.… (more)

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