A short history of bad acoustics


Wright, M.C.M. (2006) A short history of bad acoustics. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 120, (4), 1807-1815. (doi:10.1121/1.2336746).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1121/1.2336746

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Every branch of science attracts its share of cranks and pseudoscientists, and acoustics has been no exception. A brief survey of those who touched on acoustics is given with quotations from the more interesting or egregious examples. A contrast is drawn between the nineteenth century contrarian's quarrel with particular theories and the modern new age wholesale rejection of theory. This world-view is traced back to the later scientific writings of Goethe. Examples of pseudoscience applied to biomedical acoustics, architectural acoustics, and audio reproduction are given.

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Keywords: history, acoustics
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Institute of Sound and Vibration Research > Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics
ePrint ID: 42298
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:27
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42298

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