The Science of Sound is widely recognized as the leading textbook in the field. It provides an excellent introduction to acoustics for students without college physics or a strong background in mathematics. In the Third Edition, Richard Moore and Paul Wheeler join Tom Rossing in updating The Science of Sound to include a wide range of important technological developments in the field of acoustics. New exercises and review questions have been added to the end of each chapter to help students study the material.
UPDATED! I. VIBRATIONS, WAVES, AND SOUNDS. 1. What is Sound? 2. Vibrating Systems. 3. Waves. 4. Resonance. II. PERCEPTION AND MEASUREMENT OF SOUND. 5. Hearing. 6. Sound Pressure, Power, and Loudness. 7. Pitch and Timbre. 8. Combination Tones and Harmony. 9. Musical Scales and Temperament. III. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. 10. String Instruments. 11. Brass Instruments. 12. Woodwind Instruments. 13. Percussion Instruments. 14. Keyboard Instruments. IV. THE HUMAN VOICE. 15. Speech Production. 16. Speech Recognition, Analysis, and Synthesis. 17. Singing. REVISED! V. ELECTROACOUSTICS. 18. Electronic Circuits. 19. Loudspeakers. 20. Microphones, Amplifiers, and Tuners. 21. Digital Circuits and Techniques. 22. Sound Recording. REVISED! VI. ROOM ACOUSTICS. 23. Auditorium Acoustics. 24. Electronic Reinforcement of Sound. 25. Small Rooms, Home Listening Rooms and Recording Studios. NEW! VII. ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC. 26. Music Technology and its Origins. 27. Analog Electronic Music. 28. Digital Audio and Processing. 29. Computer Music and Virtual Acoustics. REVISED! VIII. ENVIRONMENTAL SOUND. 30. Noise in the Environment. 31. Effects of Noise on People. 32. Control of Noise.