The Science of Sound / Edition 3

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The Science of Sound is widely recognized as the leading textbook in the field. It provides an excellent introduction to acoustics for readers without college physics or a strong background in mathematics. In the Third Edition, Richard Moore and Paul Wheeler join Tom Rossing in updating The Science of Sound to include a wide range of important technological developments in the field of acoustics. New exercises and review questions have been added to the end of each chapter to help readers study the material. For college instructors and students.

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Editorial Reviews

A text for a one-semester, first or second year course on acoustics in general and musical acoustics in particular. After covering basic principles, Rossing (physics, Northern Illinois U.) explains more advanced topics such as the perception and measurement of sound, the human voice, and environmental noise. The first edition was 1982. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Written for students without a background in mathematics or physics, this textbook provides an introduction to the study of acoustics. It covers: vibrations, waves, and sound; perception and the measurement of sound; musical instruments; the human voice; electroacoustics; the acoustics of rooms; electronic music technology; and, environmental noise. Diagrams, charts, and photographs are featured. The authors teach at American universities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805385656
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 680
  • Sales rank: 242,868
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas D. Rossing completed his B.A. at Luther College in 1950, his M.S. and Ph.D. at Iowa State University in 1954. His dissertation was in the field of molecular physics. After graduating, he went into industrial research, and from there, he went to teaching. Currently, he is a professor at Northern Illinois University.

Professor Rossing has published more than 200 papers and ten books. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has held about a dozen research positions other than at his home institution—in national laboratories, in research universities, and in several other countries. The Acoustical Society of America awarded him the Silver Medal in Musical Acoustics.

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Table of Contents


1. What is Sound?

2. Vibrating Systems.

3. Waves.

4. Resonance.


5. Hearing.

6. Sound Pressure, Power, and Loudness.

7. Pitch and Timbre.

8. Combination Tones and Harmony.

9. Musical Scales and Temperament.


10. String Instruments.

11. Brass Instruments.

12. Woodwind Instruments.

13. Percussion Instruments.

14. Keyboard Instruments.


15. Speech Production.

16. Speech Recognition, Analysis, and Synthesis.

17. Singing.


18. Electronic Circuits.

19. Loudspeakers.

20. Microphones, Amplifiers, and Tuners.

21. Digital Circuits and Techniques.

22. Sound Recording.


23. Auditorium Acoustics.

24. Electronic Reinforcement of Sound.

25. Small Rooms, Home Listening Rooms and Recording Studios.


26. Music Technology and its Origins.

27. Analog Electronic Music.

28. Digital Audio and Processing.

29. Computer Music and Virtual Acoustics.


30. Noise in the Environment.

31. Effects of Noise on People.

32. Control of Noise.

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