The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World (Paperback)
"A lucid and passionate case for a more mindful way of listening to and engaging with musical, natural, and manmade sounds." —New York Times
In this tour of the world’s most unexpected sounds, Trevor Cox—the “David Attenborough of the acoustic realm” (Observer)—discovers the world’s longest echo in a hidden oil cavern in Scotland, unlocks the secret of singing sand dunes in California, and alerts us to the aural gems that exist everywhere in between. Using the world’s most amazing acoustic phenomena to reveal how sound works in everyday life, The Sound Book inspires us to become better listeners in a world dominated by the visual and to open our ears to the glorious cacophony all around us.
About the Author
A professor of acoustic engineering, Trevor Cox has appeared on the Discovery and National Geographic channels, produced seventeen BBC radio documentaries, and holds the Guinness Record for discovering the world's "Longest Echo." He lives in Manchester, England.
Cox’s enthusiasm for his specialty is contagious…I’ll now be keeping my ears wide open.
— Washington Post
Turns up the volume on…sonic oddities.
From its first page to its last, The Sound Book invites readers to close their eyes and open their ears to the sounds, both normal and peculiar, that surround us all.
— Sid Perkins - Science News
[A] fun but thoroughly detailed scientific tour through some of the world’s aural gems. Sounds like music to our ears.
— New Scientist
This small encyclopedia of strange sounds reveals how much art there is in the act of listening. Reading it made my ears more mindful.
— Adam Gopnik
A technological travelogue conducted by an expert tour guide, bursting with aural arcana that adds just the right amount of tech-savvy detail, The Sound Book brings into relief a world often obscured in our image-heavy existence…[A] real rush
— Greg Milner, Perfecting Sound Forever
In this riveting ear-opener, Trevor Cox describes in lyrical detail a range of sonic events and new ways of listening that can only brighten our experience of the acoustic world around us. A must-read for sound-lovers of all stripes.
— Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra