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Christmas Presents - Harmonograph

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  • danw888
    OK, List-lovers, what goodies did you garner for Christmas? Tell us about those awe-inspiring wonders that appeared under your tree. Here is a book my wife
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 29, 2004
      OK, List-lovers, what goodies did you garner for Christmas? Tell us
      about those awe-inspiring wonders that appeared under your tree.

      Here is a book my wife gave me:

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

      Edition: Hardcover

      Editorial Reviews

      From Book News, Inc.
      Economist and journalist Ashton presents graphical representations of
      musical harmonies, mostly produced by the harmonograph, a simple
      scientific instrument invented in the 19th century, which he
      describes how to build. He explains insights that the pictures
      provide into the nature and possibilities of sound combinations.
      There is no index or bibliography.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc.,
      Portland, OR

      Product Description:
      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.


      Dan
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