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1. Introduction

The development of acoustics (originally the science of sound and its perception) is closely related to music theory, philosophy, and the practical expertise of musicians, instrument makers, and experimentally-minded natural philosophies (Astronomy, cosmography). It represented a testing ground for the alliance of the free and mechanical arts (Artes liberales , Artes mechanicae), for new experimental ar…

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Klotz, Sebastian, “Acoustics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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