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1. Introduction

The development of acoustics (originally the science of sound and its perception) is closely related to music theory, philosophy, and the practical expertise of musicians, instrument makers, and experimentally-minded natural philosophies (Astronomy, cosmography). It represented a testing ground for the alliance of the free and mechanical arts (Artes liberales , Artes mechanicae), for new experimental arrangeme…

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Klotz, Sebastian, “Acoustics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016691>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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