The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe / Edition 1

The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe / Edition 1

by Jamie James
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387944745

ISBN-13: 9780387944746

Pub. Date: 06/22/1995

Publisher: Springer New York

For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and

Overview

For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and express. Jamie James allows readers to see how this scientific philosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of the universe and the rise of Romanticism, and to what extent it survives today - if at all. From Pythagoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, and on to the twentieth century of Einstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cage and Glass. A spellbinding examination of the interwoven fates of science and music throughout history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387944746
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
06/22/1995
Edition description:
1st ed. 1993. 2nd printing 1995
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
792,550
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

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