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Thomas Levenson
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Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
An account of how scientific thinking developed from its Pythagorean origins to the present day. The story unfolds through the tales of both scientific instruments and musical ones: the organ, the microscope, the still, scales, violins and cellos, computers and electronic synthesisers. Yet the tools that have enabled us to scrutinize nature have also revealed to us the lim ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Simon & Schuster
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Entertaining survey history of major developments in Western science framed by a concurrent history of major developments in Western music. Brings home the ideas that (1) science & art are both shaped by and shapers of the cultural zeitgeist; and (2) that the creative impulses behind major developments in each aren't so different in each area. Not earth-shattering conclusions, but nice to be reminded of given the prevailing disjunction assumed between art & science nowadays. Levenson is ...more
Jacob Mortensen
Levenson provides an interesting perspective on how the development of scientific thought and musical thought have paralleled and revealed the nature of each other. Science and music both began by seeking to explain "why?", hoping to explain the purpose of all things that God had created. Levenson then claims that they moved towards "what?", trying to measure everything as precisely as possible with the belief that they would be able to perfectly understand how the universe worked even if they c ...more
The author did not adequately tie the histories of science and music to each other, and only scratched the surface of either. You'd be better served to find separate books that deal with each topic individually instead of slogging through this one.
Science For The People
Featured on Skeptically Speaking show #180 on September 9, 2012, during an interview with author Thomas Levenson.
Great book for anyone with an interest in music.
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