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Historical Introduction

  • Eugen Skudrzyk

Abstract

Acoustics is the science of sound, of vibrations, and percussions of solids, liquids, and gasses. It is a science that arose from the interest in music and musical instruments. It is a science that is almost as old as mankind1. The first concepts of this science were of a purely speculative nature. For instance, 3000 B. C., the Chinese philosopher, Fohi, tried to find a connection between the pitch of a sound and the five elements: earth, water, air, fire, and wind. The Hindus are known for two early discussions of music: The Ocean of Tones, and, in the Mirror of Music, they subdivided the octave into 22 steps, a large whole tone comprising 4, a small tone three and a half tone two such steps. The Arabs divided the octave into 17 steps.

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Seventeenth Century Musical Instrument Sound Propagation Chinese Philosopher Historical Introduction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugen Skudrzyk
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  1. 1.Ordnance Research Laboratory and Physics DepartmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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