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The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World Hardcover – 11 Mar 2014


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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"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An unusual and entertaining book on sounds in many of its forms 26 Aug. 2014
By Thomas C. Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Trevor Cox is an acoustics professor in the UK who loves his work and has spent many years traveling and listening to any number of things that make sounds, some of them human-made, others natural.
I first heard of Prof. Cox and his new book on an NPR interview in early 2014. It sounded intriguing and is! This is not a scientific or engineering text; in fact, it's not very technical at all. What it is is a book of adventures by Prof. Cox as he travels and listens to things that are interesting; this includes auditoriums, underground storage facilities (which have some very interesting reverberations), singing sands, ancient Greek amphitheaters (yes they have very good acoustics, but no the ancients didn't know more than modern engineers).
He covers bird songs in some detail. There are a lot of birdwatchers out there, unfortunately there seem to be many less who listen to them.
He is an acoustics professor, but he covers so very many things that it's difficult to recall them all. It does whet the appetite for more and that's all to the good. Any number of the things discussed can be pursued by the avid reader -- perhaps a little more research online or even trying to make your own recordings. With the number of small portable computers on the market, a microphone or two, and a video camera you can capture sight and sound alike. A modest priced system should get the interested person started.
I could go on, but I won't; the list of things covered is large and it'll do you more good to read the book than to hear me go on and on about it.
If you want a technical book on any of the many areas of sound, from recording techniques to acoustics, to FFTs and DSPs,do look elsewhere; Amazon has many. But for a nice popular book with a sense of adventure, well written by a man who's not only an expert but obviously loves his calling, this is a very nice book indeed.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I learned how to listen again! 2 Mar. 2014
By H. R. Drackett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Interesting and Informative/Good audio production 22 Sept. 2014
By K. D. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
(This review refers to the audio CD edition which I purchased directly from Tantor Audio). This is an entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking book that examines a wide variety of acoustical effects. It may be a bit light on the science and a bit basic for the acoustical engineer, but for a lay person, it should be quite enlightening. Unfortunately, the audio edition did not fully capitalize on that medium to convey examples of sound described in the text, but it was still a quality production, Jonathan Cowley, the narrator, having a great voice and style for delivering the content.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
misleading 16 April 2014
By Anton Stayduhar - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
A truly satisfying book 1 July 2014
By RichardLB - Published on Amazon.com
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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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