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A short history of bad acoustics

A short history of bad acoustics
A short history of bad acoustics
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.
history, acoustics
0001-4966
1807-1815
Wright, M.C.M.
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Wright, M.C.M.
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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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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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Published date: 2006
Keywords: history, acoustics

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Local EPrints ID: 42298
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42298
ISSN: 0001-4966
PURE UUID: 9a81c923-3c98-44a2-8901-16e109b50892

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Date deposited: 30 Nov 2006
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 21:12

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Author: M.C.M. Wright

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