A short history of bad acoustics.


Every branch of science attracts its share of cranks and pseudoscientists, and acoustics has been no exception. A brief survey of those who touched on acoustics is given with quotations from the more interesting or egregious examples. A contrast is drawn between the nineteenth century contrarian's quarrel with particular theories and the modern new age wholesale rejection of theory. This world-view is traced back to the later scientific writings of Goethe. Examples of pseudoscience applied to biomedical acoustics, architectural acoustics, and audio reproduction are given.

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@article{Wright2006ASH, title={A short history of bad acoustics.}, author={Matthew C. M. Wright}, journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America}, year={2006}, volume={120 4}, pages={1807-15} }