Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure : A Musical History of Science

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This is an account of how scientific thinking has developed from the discovery of the musical scale by Pythagoras to the use today in research of genetically engineered mice. Thomas Levenson traces the history of science through the creation of both scientific and musical instruments: the organ, the still, scales, Stradivari's violins and cellos, computers, and synthesizers. What emerges is a portrait of science itself as an instrument, our single most powerful way of understanding the world. Yet perhaps the most important invention of modern science has been the power to countenance its own limitations, to find the point beyond which science can explain no more, to rediscover that science, like music, is an art.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 39 b&w halftones, bibliography, index
  • 0192880497
  • 9780192880499

Table of contents

Introduction. Part 1: By Design. A Perfect Order. All is Founded in Perfection. Nothing in Vain. Interlude: Sound and Light. Part 2: An Unbounded Prospect. It is a Great Secret. Our Powers Increase Without Limits. The Exactitude of Their Proportions. Interlude: We Cannot Go Back to That. Part 3: Making sense of the whole. Light in the Cave. We need New Instruments Very Badly. Finale: Description is Revelation. Acknowledgements. Bibliography. Index
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