The Popular Science Monthly Volume 96

The Popular Science Monthly Volume 96

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...I selected the brown capuchin monkey because it was one of the most talkative. In cidentally I observed that there were certain sounds that they used more frequently than others. Upon one of these I focused my efforts, and by noting the Dr. Garner in the cage where he sat motionless for long hours listening to and recording the talk of the jungle folk. The cage was made in twenty-four sections which when assembled made a cube six feet six inches square actions of the monkeys when uttering or hearing that sound I soon began to make deductions as to its meaning. The method by which I proceeded is so simple that any novice can follow it. I selected a young capuchin monkey in Central Park and made a clear record of its voice on a phonograph. In fact, I made several of these, each containing the sound that I regarded as most important. These cylinders were taken to Cincinnati and there reproduced to a specimen of the same kind whose conduct wascarefullystudied. A second machine recorded the sounds made in response and at the same time the conduct of the second monkey was noted. Having made a score or so of such records and duly tab metrical forms, and numbers. would summon her keeper whenever she needed his attention ulated the actions of the animals at the moment of uttering or of hearing the sounds, I was enabled to carry about with me and study those sounds at leisure, to compare them with others, and ultimately to make a tentative translation of some of them. With those records and data I went to Chicago, where the experiments were continued and amplified. After adding several new cylinders I returned to New York to resume and elaborate the experiments. By certain manipulations of the phonograph, such as changing speed, reversing more

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  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 680g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123693959X
  • 9781236939593