9780199687794

Discord The Story of Noise

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199687794

  • ISBN10:

    019968779X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/6/2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Author Biography


Mike Goldsmith, Freelance science writer and Former Head of Acoustics, National Physical Laboratory

Mike Goldsmith has a PhD in astrophysics from Keele University, awarded for research into variable supergiant stars and cosmic dust formation. From 1987 until 2007 he worked in the Acoustics Group at the UK's National Physical Laboratory and was Head of the group for many years. His work there included research into automatic speech recognition, human speech patterns, environmental noise, and novel microphones. He continues to work with NPL on a freelance basis and has recently lead a three-year project to develop a new type of environmental noise mapping system. He has published over 40 scientific papers and technical reports, and since 1999, he has written over 30 science books for readers from babies to adults. Two of his books have been short-listed for the Aventis prize (now the Royal Society prize) for science books.

Table of Contents


Introduction
1. The Nature of Noise
2. A Silent Bang
3. Classical Noise
4. The End of Science
5. A New Science of Sound
6. Noise in the Eighteenth Century
7. Machineries of Noise
8. The First Champions of Silence
9. New Worlds
10. Noise in Wartime
11. A Time of Peace?
12. A Different Kind of War
13. A New Beginning?
14. The Power of Science
15. A New Pollution
16. Noise Now
17. A Quieter Tomorrow?

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