Music: A Mathematical Offering

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Cambridge University Press, 2007 - Mathematics - 411 pages
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Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, much has been written about the relation between mathematics and music: from harmony and number theory, to musical patterns and group theory. Benson provides a wealth of information here to enable the teacher, the student, or the interested amateur to understand, at varying levels of technicality, the real interplay between these two ancient disciplines. The story is long as well as broad and involves physics, biology, psycho acoustics, the history of science, and digital technology as well as, of course, mathematics and music. Starting with the structure of the human ear and its relationship with Fourier analysis, the story proceeds via the mathematics of musical instruments to the ideas of consonance and dissonance, and then to scales and temperaments. This is a must-have book if you want to know about the music of the spheres or digital music and many things in between.
  

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User Review  - Ronald Lett - Goodreads

If you are a math or physics major and you also enjoy playing instruments, this is the book for you. It is full of fun applications of physics and mathematics to modern music theory. Read full review

Review: Music: A Mathematical Offering

User Review  - Goodreads

If you are a math or physics major and you also enjoy playing instruments, this is the book for you. It is full of fun applications of physics and mathematics to modern music theory. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A mathematicians guide to the orchestra
91
Consonance and dissonance
144
the fivefold way
161
More scales and temperaments
210
Digital music
245
Synthesis
265
Symmetry in music
312
Appendix A Bessel functions 361
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David J. Benson is a 6th Century Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.

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