The Sound Book

The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World

by Trevor Cox

The Sound Book

Hardcover, 331 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $26.95 | purchase

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The Sound Book
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The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World
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A professor of acoustic engineering provides a tour of the world's most amazing sound phenomena, including creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, humming dunes, seals that sound like alien angels and a Mayan pyramid that chirps like a bird.

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Why does thunder rumble? Acoustic professor Trevor Cox explains that it has to do with the way lightning is a jagged line. "Each little kink is actually generating the sound, and the reason thunder rumbles is because the sound takes different time to come from different kinks because they're all slightly different distances from you," he says. Mariana Suarez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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