Physics and Music

Essential Connections and Illuminating Excursions

Authors: Tsuji, Kinko, Müller, Stefan C.

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  • Explores the fascinating and intimate relationship between physics and music
  • Provides an accessible introduction to a ubiquitous yet complex phenomenon of daily life
  • Combines the acoustic aspects of music with visualized dynamics
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This book explores the fascinating and intimate relationship between music and physics. Over millennia, the playing of, and listening to music have stimulated creativity and curiosity in people all around the globe. Beginning with the basics, the authors first address the tonal systems of European-type music, comparing them with those of other, distant cultures. They analyze the physical principles of common musical instruments with emphasis on sound creation and particularly charisma. Modern research on the psychology of musical perception – the field known as psychoacoustics – is also described. The sound of orchestras in concert halls is discussed, and its psychoacoustic effects are explained. Finally, the authors touch upon the role of music for our mind and society. Throughout the book, interesting stories and anecdotes give insights into the musical activities of physicists and their interaction with composers and musicians.


About the authors

Kinko Tsuji is a physical chemist. She obtained her doctoral degree at the University of Tokyo in 1976. As a researcher she worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and at the Max Planck Institutes in Munich and in Dortmund. Since 1981 she has worked at the company Shimadzu Europa GmbH, developing applications of ultra high-speed cameras. Furthermore, she was active in the “Japan Business Council in Europe” in Brussels and serves as a chairman of the planning committee.
Stefan C. Müller is a physics professor at the University of Magdeburg, Germany. After obtaining his doctoral degree at the University of Göttingen in 1978, he spent 3 years of postdoctoral research in the USA, first at MIT and then at the Stanford University in California. He was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund from 1982 to 1994, before transferring his research to Magdeburg.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physics and Music
Book Subtitle
Essential Connections and Illuminating Excursions
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-68676-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-68676-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-68675-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 424
Number of Illustrations
132 b/w illustrations, 186 illustrations in colour
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