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Noise and the Nation*

Nature volume 140, pages 446449 (11 September 1937) | Download Citation



SIMULTANEOUSLY with the remarkable growth of applied acoustics, there has gradually developed in Great Britain a public consciousness of the insidious growth of the social evil of needless noise—a pernicious by-product attributable in great part to an increasingly mechanized civilization. With this growing realization, the nation is beginning to demand and to receive protection against the nuisance of outrageous noise whether generated by private or public bodies. It is looking for ways and means of mitigating excessive transport noises, particularly on the road and in the air, and it is seeking to know why in modern houses or flats it should not be accorded adequate privacy against the natural, though sometimes unreasonable, noises of neighbours.

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