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The logarithmic ear: Pietro Mengoli's mathematics of music

Abstract:

In 1670, the Bolognese mathematician Pietro Mengoli published his Speculationi di musica, a highly original work attempting to found the mathematical study of music on the anatomy of the ear. His anatomy was idiosyncratic and his mathematics extraordinarily complex, and he proposed a unique double mechanism of hearing. He analysed in detail the supposed behaviour of the subtle part of the air inside the ear, and the patterns of strokes made on the eardrum by simultaneous sounds. Most striking...

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Publisher copy:
10.1080/00033790701303239

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Wardhaugh, B More by this author
Journal:
ANNALS OF SCIENCE
Volume:
64
Issue:
3
Pages:
327-348
Publication date:
2007
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EISSN:
1464-505X
ISSN:
0003-3790
URN:
uuid:70b005e8-b28e-4f12-9bf1-5f1703375f83
Source identifiers:
13055
Local pid:
pubs:13055
Language:
English

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