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Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Wooden Books Gift Book) Paperback – 25 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Books; Reprint edition (25 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904263364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904263364
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 0.9 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautiful" -- London Review of Books

About the Author

Anthony Ashton is a journalist and company director. A lifelong passion for understanding what makes things tick eventually lead to this extraordinary book. He is currently writing a book on the Universe.


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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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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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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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A super little book, both for the content and visually - well printed on nice paper. There are some directions on building harmonographs but they are just outlines, and you'll need to look on the web for more detail if that's the way you want to go.
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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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You know how sometimes you get one of those books that finds you, well for me this is one of those books. At the time I found it I was studying sound with the hope of one day working in the audio industry, and this book had me spellbound the instant I picked it up. I now work full time as a professional sound recordist and still have this book on my shelf, often taking it down to show colleagues the beautiful patterns. This might not happen for everyone, but over the years of studying sound I have found that each time I return to it accompanied with the knowledge I have gathered elsewhere my understanding understanding of the intricacies and complexities of how sound works widens, and another little piece of the puzzle falls into place.

I highly recommend getting this book. Don't expect it to give you all the answers. It is a finger pointing towards the moon...
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I bought this for my son, who is studying music, because, as a mathematician myself, i wanted to illustrate to him the strong link that exists between Mathematics and Music. I believe it achieved that task.
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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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