Music: A Mathematical OfferingSince 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 musthave 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  GoodreadsIf 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  GoodreadsIf 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  xiii 
Common terms and phrases
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