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Harmonograph Hardcover – 1 May 1999

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Books; 1st edition (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902418050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902418056
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,732,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautiful" -- London Review of Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. McNeil on 3 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Beautiful book, a wonderful little read. Ironically though, I found that the older forms of similar experiments explored briefly at the end of the book more interesting than that of the harmonograph. Well worth having on the bookshelf for all musicians and I suppose mathematicians
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Breach on 7 Oct. 2008
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Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Wooden Books Gift Book)
I'm no mathematician, & the maths involved in this little book has bent my poor beleaguered brain into some weird shapes, but that's one of the reasons i like it so much!
As a wise quote from somewhere has it,
"The similarity between the words magic & music is no coincidence"
Quite!
A feast for the mind, & for the eyes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David M. Howard on 12 Oct. 2011
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This is a remarkable little book if you are in to tuning and mathematical shapes. These work because of the harmonic nature of intervals and tuning (in unequal temperaments).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By User201202 on 22 Dec. 2013
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So pleased that I ordered it. I was drawn to this book after watching Howard Goodall's programmes about the history of European music. This book goes right back to the fundamentals, exploring the relationships between music and maths. Requires some effort, which is well rewarded.
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This was bought as a Christmas present for someone with a keen interest in music and maths. I glanced through it before wrapping it and was delighted by the beautiful illustrations and fascinating information. Fortunately, the recipient was also delighted, enthusing about both the content and appearance of the book. Even if you don't hold much of an interest in maths, it's sure to intrigue any musician! Would definitely reccomend it.
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By A J Barber on 12 Feb. 2014
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I found this book hard going to read. It mainly describes the various machines that have been invented in the pre-electronic era to make sound visible. It also gives examples of what various sounds look like. Unless you have the expertise to actually make some of these machines the exercise is all very theoretical and hard to hold in your head.
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Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated little book with many profound insights and an appendix with practical instructions on how to build and operate a Harmonograph. The musical analysis is very acute and knowledgeable. Thoroughly recommended.
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