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Author Barker, Andrew, 1943-
Title Scientific method in Ptolemy's Harmonics / Andrew Barker.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Author Barker, Andrew, 1943-
Subject Ptolemy, active 2nd century. Harmonics.
Music theory -- History -- To 500.
Science, Ancient.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 281 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 270-273) and indexes.
Contents Introduction -- Reason and perception -- Pitch and quantity -- The ratios of the concords : (1) the Pythagoreans -- The ratios of the concords : (2) Ptolemy's hupotheseis -- Critique of Aristoxenian principles and conclusions -- Ptolemy on the harmonic divisions of his predecessors -- Melodic intervals : hupotheseis, derivations and adjustments -- Larger systems : modulations in music and in method -- The instruments -- The tests -- Harmonics in a wider perspective.
Summary This book examines Ptolemy's scientific procedures for investigating the structures underlying musical melody. By providing an analysis of Ptolemy's theoretical apparatus, his strategies for integrating theory with observation, and his instructions for the design and conduct of experiments, the book offers a new starting-point for studying ancient scientific method.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780511481765 (electronic bk.)
0511481764 (electronic bk.)
0511017901 (electronic bk.)
9780511017902 (electronic bk.)
0511038089 (electronic bk.)
9780511038082 (electronic bk.)
9780511053320 (electronic bk.)
0511053320 (electronic bk.)
9780521553728 (hardback)
0521553725 (hardback)
9780521028646 (pbk.)
OCLC # 51273540
Additional Format Print version: Barker, Andrew, 1943- Scientific method in Ptolemy's Harmonics. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000 0521553725 (DLC) 00028912 (OCoLC)43615825

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