Acoustics, theory of
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1. Ancient tradition

As in other areas of scholarship, Renaissance views of sound owed much to the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Aristotle, the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius, and the Roman philosopher Boethius all postulated that the propagation of sound was analogous to waves undulating through water (Hydrodynamics). Early modern theories of sound were often linked to music theory (see also A…

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Jackson, Myles, “Acoustics, theory of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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