- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bodley Head; 1st edition (16 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847922104
- ISBN-13: 978-1847922106
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound Hardcover – 16 Jan 2014
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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)
"This is acoustician Trevor Cox’s fun but thoroughly detailed tour through some of the world’s aural gems. Sounds like music to our ears" (New Scientist)
"A must read for musicians, producers, sound engineers and nerds of all kinds" (Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music)
"A David Attenborough of the acoustic realm, whose knowledge is unimpeachable yet worn lightly, whose language is vivid yet without indulgence" (David Hendy Observer)
"Sonic Wonderland by Trevor Cox is one of those books that require a "this book will change your life" sticker" (Simon Barnes The Times)
An original and compelling tour of the world's most amazing acoustic phenomena and a passionate plea for a deeper appreciation of and respect for our shared sonic landscapes.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
If Professor Cox had wanted to produce a fusty academic tome, no doubt he could have done so. But his book imparts lots of acoustic scientific facts and hypotheses in an easy to understand and fun-to-read style. He easily imparts his enthusiasm for the subject. And enthusiasm isn't a commodity you see every day, in my experience.
Prof. Cox also lightly (and I think accurately) explores our perception of sound and noise and how and why we react the way we do.
He also stakes his claim for the "most embarrassing parent of the year" award as he (tongue firmly in cheek) describes how his family have (perhaps unwillingly) shared in his investigations of some unusual acoustic phenomena.
It had me chuckling, anyway!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Comprehensive and interesting, even for ones without too much background knowledge.Published on 28 April 2015 by kEE
Fascinationg book putting a completely different perspective on sound. I sent it to my bother in law as apresentPublished on 13 Jan. 2015 by Tony Skelton
The Brian Cox of Acoustics. Or so he would have you believe. The problem is Trevor's writing is quite plodding, and he seems to bring very little insight or magic to the often... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2014 by j.c.thompson