3rd French conference on acoustics
J. Phys. IV France 04 (1994) C5-21-C5-29
De Jericho au bang sonique. Les précurseurs des arts et sciences acoustiquesP. LIENARD
36 rue Gustave Vatonne, 91190 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
After Adam, Caïn, Hénoch, ... "Yubal was the father of all which as handle the harp and organ" (Bible, Genesis, IV. 21). From the Bible, and through Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Arabs civilisations, the Middle-ages and after, we found many precursive ideas or realisations of our acoustic theories or instruments. Some examples are given : musical scales, vibrating wires and pipes, nature of sound, its propagation and velocity, echo and thunder, sound recording, room acoustics, sound detection, noise annoyance, even trigonometric series and Fourier Transform, shock waves and sonic boom.
© EDP Sciences 1994