Acoustics, theory of
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1. Ancient tradition

As in other areas of scholarship, Renaissance views of sound owed much to the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Aristotle, the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius, and the Roman philosopher Boethius all postulated that the propagation of sound was analogous to waves undulating through water (Hydrodynamics). Early modern theories of sound were often linked to music theory (see also A…

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Jackson, Myles, “Acoustics, theory of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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