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Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music

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During the nineteenth century, a remarkable scientific instrument known as a harmonograph revealed the beautiful patterns found in music. Harmonograph is an introduction to the evolution of simple harmonic theory, from the discoveries of Pythagoras to diatonic tuning and equal temperament. Beautiful drawings show the octave as triangle, the fifth as pentagram; diagrams sho ...more
Hardcover, 58 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Walker & Company (first published May 1st 1999)
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Jul 27, 2008 Deana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Deana by: Mom
This was a really cool book. My mom gave it to me many years ago, and I just not got around to reading it. Basically, it's about this really cool machine called the "harmonograph". If you've ever heard of tuning forks, this will make sense to you. If not, go here. So, a long time ago, someone set up two tuning forks at right angles to one another some distance apart. Using mirrors, a light was shone at one tuning fork, bounced off toward the second, and then finally the light bounced off that on ...more
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Mostly pictures of fascinating patterns related to music.
Matt Webb
I still don't understand how ratios between vibrations lead to different tones, but I have now spent a good deal of time making Chladni patterns. A happy discovery in the Wellcome bookshop.
This is a cool little book that discusses and illustrates relationships between music and mathematics. Like all of the Wooden Books, it's brief.
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