Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - 351 pagine
This is an account of how scientific thinking has developed from the discovery of the musical scale by Pythagoras to the use today in research of genetically engineered mice. Thomas Levenson traces the history of science through the creation of both scientific and musical instruments: the organ, the still, scales, Stradivari's violins and cellos, computers, and synthesizers. What emerges is a portrait of science itself as an instrument, our single most powerful way of understanding the world. Yet perhaps the most important invention of modern science has been the power to countenance its own limitations, to find the point beyond which science can explain no more, to rediscover that science, like music, is an art.

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE: A Musical History of Science

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A look at the history of ideas as a marriage of music and science. Levenson (Ice Time, not reviewed) chronicles the human quest for order in the world, from the idealism of Pythagoras to contemporary ... Leggi recensione completa

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Several intriguing premises offered by this book, but none are eventually delivered on. The relation between music and science, from Pythagoras to Galiel and Kepler, has been intriguing, and one would ... Leggi recensione completa

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Informazioni sull'autore (1997)

THOMAS LEVENSON is a professor of science writing at MIT and the author of three previous books: "Einstein in Berlin, Measure for Measure, "and "Ice Time. "He is also the producer of ten documentaries for which he has won numerous awards.

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