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    Leges Oscillationis oriundae si duo Corpora diversa celeritate oscillantia ita conjunguntur ut oscillare non possint nisi simul et synchronice exemplo illustratae Tuborum linguatorum. Dissertatio Physica.. by WEBER, Wilhelm

    One folding engraved plate (some foxing) & seven printed tables (five in the text & two on a separate folding sheet). 2 p.l., 40 pp. Large 4to, orig. green patterned boards (some foxing). [Halle]: G. Haack, [1827]. First edition, and a very evocative association copy, of the rare Habilitationschrift by Wilhelm Weber (1804-91) on acoustics, specifically on the acoustic coupling of tongue and air cavity in reed organ pipes; his work in this area led, in a slightly roundabout way, to his close and enormously fruitful association with Gauss, which began in September of 1831. This copy belonged to Gauss - with the "Gauss-Bibliothek" stamp - on title. It is hard to imagine a more appropriate association as it led, in part, to their intimate collaboration and friendship. Weber met Gauss at a scientific conference organized by Alexander von Humboldt in Berlin in 1828 (this was the only scientific convention Gauss ever attended). Weber delivered a lecture in which he summed up his work on the acoustical qualities of organ pipes. It attracted the attention of both Humboldt and Gauss, both of whom attended the lecture. Gauss immediately recognized the young physicist as a worthy colleague in his new-found interest in geomagnetism. Weber moved to Göttingen in 1831 and in the following six years, the two scientists invented the telegraph, developed a magnetometer, and performed much important research in electricity and magnetism. Weber here describes for the first time a process in which sound is engraved on a metal plate with a scraper, and reproduced in differing frequencies by passing the scraper across the grooves - the basic principle of the gramophone record. Had this process been known to scientists during the heyday of recording-apparatus research in the 19th century, our present-day phonographs would very likely have been developed at a much earlier date; at least, Edison and Berliner would have been spared some of their abortive experiments. The plate depicts various reed organ pipes. Fine copy. With the stamp of the Royal Observatory at Göttingen on free front endpaper (with release stamp facing on the front paste-down endpaper) and title. ❧ Gauss: D.S.B., V, pp. 304-06. Weber: D.S.B., XIV, pp. 203-09.



    Acoustical Engineering; The theory of sound and its applications to telephone and architectural engineering and to acoustical measurements and research. A textbook for students and engineers. by WEST, William

    London:: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1932., 1932. Specialists' series. 8vo. xi, 338, ads. 22, [2] pp. Folding frontis., figs., index. Navy blue blind and gilt-stamped cloth. Ownership rubberstamp. Very good +. [HL]


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    The Sound of the Harvest. Music's Mission in Church and Culture. by Corbitt, J Nathan

    Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 1998. Very Good condition. Black & white illustrations. 352 pages This book examines music's role in the church and culture today, and also presents a multicultural outlook on this art form. . 1st Edition. Trade Paperback.



    Symbols, Signals and Noise: The Nature and Progress of Communication by Pierce, J.R

    New York: Harper & Brothers Company, 1961. Stated First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Maroon cloth with gilt lettering and facsimile author signature to front board. Minor rubbing to edges. Text is clean and bright, no marks. Unclipped DJ with $6.50 price shows minor edgewear, light rub to head and heel of spine and two tiny closed tears to top edge of front cover. Harper Modern Science Series. "In this interesting account, a recognized authority discusses communication (or information) theory- its fundamentals and basic concepts and its application to other areas of science. It is essentially mathematical, proceeding from clear and definite hypotheses to theorems concerning information sources and communication channels." (from the jacket)



    Sound System Engineering by Davis, Don; Davis, Carolyn

    Howard W. Sams, 1975-12-01. Hardcover. Very Good. Covers are heavily rubbed, soiled, front cover is dinged, binding sound, internally clean. Long considered the only book an audio engineer needs on their shelf, Sound System Engineering provides an accurate, complete and concise tool for all those involved in sound system engineering.



    Toning: The Creative and Healing Power of the Voice by Keys, Laurel Elizabeth

    De Vorss Publications, 2008. Includes CD, Excellent condition. Paperback. Very Good.

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