The acoustic origins of harmonic analysis

@article{Darrigol2007TheAO,
  title={The acoustic origins of harmonic analysis},
  author={Olivier Darrigol},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={61},
  pages={343-424}
}
  • O. Darrigol
  • Published 6 April 2007
  • Physics
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
In music, harmony refers to a pleasant combination of sounds. In mathematics, a harmonic function is a sine function obtained by projecting a circular motion on a diameter, and harmonic analysis is the theory of the development of periodic functions into harmonic components, or the theory of similar developments. The occurrence of the same word in musical and mathematical contexts is neither a coincidence nor a purely metaphorical effect. As is well known, in the mid-nineteenth century Hermann… 

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