Discord : the story of noise

by Goldsmith, Mike, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2012
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QC225.15.G65 2012
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  QC225.15.G65 2012
 
 
Summary
Noise is a widely recognized problem and health concern in the modern world. Given the importance of managing noise levels and developing suitable "soundscapes" in contexts such as industry, schools, or public spaces, this is an area of active research for acousticians. But noise, in the senseof dissonance, can also be used positively; composers have employed it from Baroque music to Rock feedback; medicine harnesses it to shatter kidney stones and treat cancer; and even the military uses it in (real and rumoured) weapons.Mike Goldsmith looks back at the long history of the battle between people and noise - a battle that has changed our lives and moulded our societies. He investigates how increasing noise levels relate to human progress, from the clatter of wheels on cobbles to the sound of heavy machinery; heexplains how our scientific understanding of sound and hearing has developed; and he looks at noise in nature, including the remarkable ways in which some animals, such as shrimps, use noise as a weapon or to catch prey. He concludes by turning to the future, discussing the noise sources which arelikely to dominate it and the ways in which new science and new ideas may change the way our future will sound.
Contents
The nature of noise
A silent bang
Classical noise
New noise
A new science of sound
Noise in the eighteenth century
Machineries of noise
The first champions of silence
The noise century
Noise in wartime
A time of peace?
A different kind of war
A new beginning?
The power of science
A new pollution
Noise now
A quieter tomorrow?

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "From the moment the alarm clock sounds until our heads hit the pillow again at night, noise assaults our ears. Yet, as British acoustic scientist Goldsmith reminds us in this sometimes harmonious and occasionally dissonant history, noise has been a part of human society, especially urban society, since ancient Mesopotamia. As society has evolved, the level of noise has grown, accompanying industrial and technological development: the building and operation of factories, railroads, cars, and airplanes. Goldsmith reminds us that both unproductive noises (a neighbor's late-night party) and annoying noises (the garbage truck at 3 a.m.) fill our world. So does productive noise--Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, which introduced listeners to new sounds (which some listeners still considered noise). Goldsmith concludes unremarkably that even though we'll always have noise with us, we can have a quieter future if we work together by using the technology of noise reduction and establishing noise-control regulations 20 illus. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Noise.
Noise pollution.
Noise control.
Publisher Oxford :Oxford University Press,2012
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Story of noise
Language English
Description xiv, 317 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780199600687 :
0199600686
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