The Parallel Cases of Optics and Music

The Parallel Cases of Optics and Music

, Volkmar Schüller

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Athanasius Kircher, <i>Phonurgia nova sive Conjugium Mechanico-physicum Artis & Natura Paranympha Phonosophia Concinnatum</i>, 1673

The development of mechanics as the result of an interaction of practical knowledge with other forms of knowledge ranging from antiquity to the early modern period finds its parallels in the evolution of optics and music theory as fields of scientific knowledge similarly dependent on the accumulated experiences of practitioners. These parallel developments have in the context of the work of the department so far only been made the object of individual studies