A Re-Valuation of the Ancient Science of Harmonics

  title={A Re-Valuation of the Ancient Science of Harmonics},
  author={Leon Crickmore},
  journal={Psychology of Music},
  pages={391 - 403}
  • L. Crickmore
  • Published 1 October 2003
  • Physics
  • Psychology of Music
Harmonics was the theoretical arithmetic underpinning the tuning of musical instruments in ancient times. It was a numerical science based on ratios of string-length. The ancients believed that the planets circled the heavens in similar mathematical proportions, and that, by analogy, these also corresponded to powers in the human psyche. Harmonics survived as such until the 17th century. Only recently, however, have musicologists made a breakthrough to a more comprehensive understanding of its… 

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