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Sound Waves, their Shape and Speed:

Nature volume 141, pages 11191120 (25 June 1938) | Download Citation



IN “The Science of Musical Sounds”, published in 1916, Prof. Dayton C. Miller made available the substance of a series of eight lectures he had given at the Lowell Institute in 1914. The treatment and presentation of his subject were dictated by those circumstances. Though the results of his own investigations rightly received a due share of attention, their description appeared in a setting of “elementary and well known material”. Thus the phonodeik, with which the account of those investigations began, was not mentioned until page 78 was reached in a book which, excluding the appendix, contained 270 pages. Moreover, as was natural in a record of lectures in which the audience had a phonodeik before their eyes, the description of the instrument was somewhat brief.

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