Written by a noted authority in the subject area, Ingard's Acoustics is a comprehensive study of the theory and practical application of acoustics to numerous fields. It may be used as a reference by scientists and engineers or as a senior-undergraduate or graduate-level course. Several of the chapters include notes and numerical results from the author's involvement in specific projects, and contain hitherto unpublished material. Items in this category are aero-acoustic instabilities, flow interaction with acoustic resonators, sound propagation in the atmosphere, sound generation by fans, aspects of nonlinear acoustics, the analysis of an oscillator with "dry friction," and a discussion of the frequency response of the ear.
K. Uno Ingard is a professor emeritus of physics (MIT) and was awarded the Rayleigh Medal by the Institute of Acoustics, the Education Award of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and the Per Bruel Gold Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has written numerous books and journal articles and was awarded membership in the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.