Les représentations de la propagation du son, d'Aristote à l'Encyclopédie

Abstract : Between musical theory and study of perception, there is no space, for Scholastic Science, devoted to sounds physics. Aristotelian mechanics does not conceive a movement without a transport of matter and this gap produces a block. From 17th century, many scientists deal with the subject, sometimes in entire books, often in a few lines. The phenomenon of sound is invisible and fleeting, so representations are created. Among them, the famous metaphor of rings in the water meets a real success, but also flows of corpuscles or sonorous rays. The writing of the 'Encyclopédie' is contemporary with the mathematisation of waves propagation, with the modeling by vibrating strings. Through an History of Physical Acoustics, here is undertaken the study of these representations and the controversies that they bring about among the different movements of the scientific thought, from Antiquity to Enlightenment.
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François Baskevitch. Les représentations de la propagation du son, d'Aristote à l'Encyclopédie. domain_other. Université de Nantes, 2008. Français. ⟨tel-00423362⟩

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