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), pp. 1807-1815. (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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1121/1.2336746
ISSNs: 0001-4966 (print)
Keywords: history, acoustics
ePrint ID: 42298
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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:53
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42298

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