Physics of the Piano

Physics of the Piano

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Why does a piano sound like a piano? A similar question can be asked of virtually all musical instruments. A particular note-such as middle C-can be produced by a piano, a violin, a clarinet, and many other instruments, yet it is easy for even a musically untrained listener to distinguishbetween these different instruments. A central quest in the study of musical instruments is to understand why the sound of the "same" note depends greatly on the instrument, and to elucidate which aspects of an instrument are most critical in producing the musical tones characteristic of theinstrument. The primary goal of this book is to investigate these questions for the piano. The explanations in this book use a minimum of mathematics, and are intended for anyone who is interested in music and musical instruments. At the same time, there are many insights relating physics and thepiano that will likely be interesting and perhaps surprising for many physicists.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780199546022
0199546029
Branch Call Number: 534/GIORDANO
Characteristics: xi, 170 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

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