Zero Decibels

Zero Decibels
Author: George Michelsen Foy
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781439101049
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Release: 2010-05-18
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

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Have our noise-soaked lives driven us mad? And is absolute silence an impossible goal—or the one thing that can save us? A lively tale of one man’s quest to find the grail of total quiet.--- “ I don’t know at what point noise became intolerable for me,” George Michelsen Foy writes as he recalls standing on a subway platform in Manhattan, hands clamped firmly over his ears, face contorted in pain. But only then does Foy realize how overwhelmed he is by the city’s noise and vow to seek out absolute silence, if such an absence of sound can be discovered. Foy begins his quest by carrying a pocket-sized decibel meter to measure sound levels in the areas he frequents most—the subway, the local café, different rooms of his apartment—as well as the places he visits that inform his search, including the Parisian catacombs, Joseph Pulitzer’s “silent vault,” the snowy expanses of the Berkshires, and a giant nickel mine in Canada, where he travels more than a mile underground to escape all human-made sound. Along the way, Foy experiments with noise-canceling headphones, floatation tanks, and silent meditation before he finally tackles a Minnesota laboratory’s anechoic chamber that the Guinness Book of World Records calls “the quietest place on earth,” and where no one has ever endured even forty-five minutes alone in its pitch-black interior before finding the silence intolerable. Drawing on history, science, journalistic reportage, philosophy, religion, and personal memory, as well as conversations with experts in various fields whom he meets during his odyssey, Foy finds answers to his questions: How does one define silence? Did human beings ever experience silence in their early history? What is the relationship between noise and space? What are the implications of silence and our need for it—physically, mentally, emotionally, politically? Does absolute silence actually exist? If so, do we really want to hear it? And if we do hear it, what does it mean to us? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 30 million Americans suffer from environment-related deafness in today’s digital age of pervasive sound and sensory overload. Roughly the same number suffer from tinnitus, a condition, also environmentally related, that makes silence impossible in even the quietest places. In this respect, Foy’s quest for silence represents more than a simple psychological inquiry; both his queries and his findings help to answer the question “How can we live saner, healthier lives today?” Innovative, perceptive, and delightfully written, Zero Decibels will surely change how we perceive and appreciate the soundscape of our lives.

Sound FX

Sound FX
Author: Alex Case
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781136123580
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Release: 2012-07-26
Editor: CRC Press
Language: en

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FX introduces today's up and coming musician to the fantastic creative potential of the most popular instrument today- the home studio. Explaining the basic and advanced signal processing techniques used in professional music production (EQ, compression, delay, reverb etc), using real world popular music examples and an emphasis on the perceptual results and musical value of these effects, FX teaches the Recording Musician how to achieve professional production standards and maximise their creative potential. The accompanying website www.soundfx-companion.com includes audio exaples of FX featured in the book. Features: A chapter dedicated to each key effect: Distortion Equalization Compression and Limiting Delay Expansion and Gating Pitch Shift Reverb Volume More than 100 line drawings and illustrations. Accompanying website featuring examples of all FX covered in the book. Discography of FX at the end of each relevant chapter. From the Sound FX Intro: The most important music of our time is recorded music. The recording studio is its principle musical instrument. The recording engineers and music producers who create the music we love know how to use signal processing equipment to capture the work of artists, preserving realism or altering things wildly, as appropriate. While the talented, persistent, self-taught engineer can create sound recordings of artistic merit, more productive use of the studio is achieved through study, experience and collaboration. This book defines the technical basis of the most important signal processing effects used in the modern recording studio, highlights the key drivers of sound quality associated with each, shares common production techniques used by recording engineers with significant experience in the field, references many of the touchstone recordings of our time, and equips the reader with the knowledge needed to comfortably use effects devices correctly, and, more importantly, to apply these tools creatively.

Sounds and Perception

Sounds and Perception
Author: Matthew Nudds,Casey O'Callaghan
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780191608612
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Release: 2009-11-26
Editor: OUP Oxford
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sounds and Perception is a collection of original essays on auditory perception and the nature of sounds - an emerging area of interest in the philosophy of mind and perception, and in the metaphysics of sensible qualities. The individual essays discuss a wide range of issues, including the nature of sound, the spatial aspects of auditory experience, hearing silence, musical experience, and the perception of speech; a substantial introduction by the editors serves to contextualise the essays and make connections between them. This collection will serve both as an introduction to the nature of auditory perception and as the definitive resource for coverage of the main questions that constitute the philosophy of sounds and audition. The views are original, and there is substantive engagement among contributors. This collection will stimulate future research in this area.

Seeing Dark Things

Seeing Dark Things
Author: Roy Sorensen
Pages: 328
ISBN: 0198043759
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Release: 2008-01-08
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

If a spinning disk casts a round shadow does this shadow also spin? When you experience the total blackness of a cave, are you seeing in the dark? Or are you merely failing to see anything (just like your blind companion)? Seeing Dark Things uses visual riddles to explore our ability to see things that do not reflect light. Shadows and holes are anomalies for the causal theory of perception, which states that anything we see must be a cause of what we see. This requirement neatly explains why you see the front of a book's jacket and not its rear when you look at it face-on. However, the causal theory has trouble explaining how you manage to see the black letters on its surface. The letters are made visible by the light they fail to reflect rather than by the light they reflect. Nevertheless, Roy Sorensen defends the causal theory of perception by treating absences as causes. His fourteen chapters draw heavily on common sense and psychology to vindicate the assumption that we perceive absences. Seeing Dark Things is philosophy for the eye. It contains fifty-nine figures designed to prompt visual judgment. Sorensen proceeds bottom-up from observation rather than top-down from theory. He regards detailed analysis of absences as premature; he hopes a future theory will refine the pictorial thinking stimulated by the book's riddles. Just as the biologist pursues genetics with fruit flies, the metaphysician can study absences by means of shadows. Shadows are metaphysical amphibians with one foot on the terra firma of common sense and the other in the murky waters of nonbeing. Sorensen portrays the causal theory of perception's confrontation with the shadows as a triumph against alien attack - a victory that deepens a theory that resonates profoundly with common sense and science. In sum, Seeing Dark Things is an unorthodox defense of an orthodox theory. "Seeing Dark Things is an adventurous philosophical exercise in the ontology and epistemology of the commonsense world. Its treatment of the many puzzles that surround such putative 'negative' entities as shadows and holes will make it a classic on the literature on privations for many yeas to come. The book is also a wonderful example of how philosophy can be done without falling into the traps of the academic rigmarole. Sorensen is truly unique in his capacity to bring together classic philosophers, contemporary authors, and ticklish anecdotes." - Achille Varzi, Columbia University "This is a wonderful book, full of a profound, unsettling cleverness and weirdly satisfying counter-intuitiveness that the subject requires...a great book." - Richard Marshall, Bookforum "Sorensen is an extraordinarily fertile and imaginative philosopher, drawing widely on philosophy, physics, biology and vision science to mine his chosen quarry. His arguments, anecdotes and examples are always engaging. Add them to his effortless style and you have a rare commodity - a book of serious philosophy that many non-professionals will enjoy." - Ian Phillips, Times Literary Supplement "Sorensen's book is certainly fascinating and richly thought-provoking... he argues carefully and clearly in favour of his key claims, all of which merit very serious consideration, even if they sometimes provoke one to construct and defend alternative views. That, however, is surely the hallmark of the very best kind of philosophy writing. Seeing Dark Things is a model of this kind." - E.J. Lowe, Philosophy

Occupational Hearing Loss Second Edition

Occupational Hearing Loss  Second Edition
Author: Robert Thayer Sataloff,Joseph Sataloff
Pages: 856
ISBN: 0824788141
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Release: 1993-04-01
Editor: CRC Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This second edition of the standard reference in the field has been entirely rewritten and updated to reflect the latest methods for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, and the most recent practices in initiating a hearing conservation programme.;Maintaining and enhancing the comprehensive presentation of the first edition, Occupational Hearing Loss: explicates specific problems of occupational hearing loss and hearing conservation, and the principles of measuring hearing loss; shows how to establish damage risk criteria; summarizes the problems of hearing conservation in the diving industry; offers an expanded list of questions to be used when taking the histories of patients with otological complaints; explaines the audiogram and its interpretation, including information about masking, and updates computerized audiometry; supplies new information about brain stem evoked-response audiometry, acoustic emission testing and other special hearing tests; delineates the causes of conductive hearing loss and their management; and discusses legislative and compensatory aspects of hearing loss, and gives in-depth information about calculating hearing impairment.;With over 1000 literature citations, tables and figures, Occupational Hearing Loss should be of use to to occupational physicians, audiologists, health and safety engineers, industrial hygienists, otolaryngologists, residents, trial attorneys, judges, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines.

Occupational Hearing Loss Third Edition

Occupational Hearing Loss  Third Edition
Author: Robert Thayer Sataloff,Joseph Sataloff
Pages: 1008
ISBN: 9781420015478
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Release: 2006-04-24
Editor: CRC Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Written in clear and accessible language, Occupational Hearing Loss provides a complete overview of the hazards of occupational noise exposure, causes of hearing loss, testing of hearing, criteria to distinguish occupational hearing loss, and more. Extensively re-written and updated, the book emphasizes medical and societal factors in its coverage of topics such as audiometry and who should do it, evoked response testing, and conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, as well as mixed, central, and functional hearing loss. See what's new in the Third Edition: New chapters on auditory evoked potentials, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, ear malignancies, and more Expanded discussion on autoimmune inner ear disease, diagnosing occupational hearing loss, and more Updated information on computerized audiometry, special hearing tests, and auditory processing disorders Expanded chapter on problems associated with balance disorders and a review of modern evaluation techniques, including posturography New material on systemic causes of hearing loss and co-factors associated with occupational hearing loss The authors' academic depth and experience in the field, combined with their ability to write clearly in language accessible to non-medical personnel, set this book apart. No other book available has the breadth, practical detail, or comprehensive scope. A unique compendium of information about specific problems of occupational hearing loss and hearing conservation, the book is both a balanced reference and easy-to-use guide to protecting the hearing of industrial workers.

Basic Fundamentals in Hearing Science

Basic Fundamentals in Hearing Science
Author: Tony L. Sahley,Frank E. Musiek
Pages: 704
ISBN: 9781597569293
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Release: 2015-01-01
Editor: Plural Publishing
Language: en

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Vital and Health Statistics

Vital and Health Statistics
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: MINN:31951002813196D
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Release: 1974
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Food Consumption Profiles of White and Black Persons Aged 1 74 Years

Food Consumption Profiles of White and Black Persons Aged 1 74 Years
Author: Connie M. Villa Dresser,Margaret D. Carroll,Sidney Abraham
Pages: 103
ISBN: STANFORD:36105007580090
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Release: 1978
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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A Tour of the Senses

A Tour of the Senses
Author: John M. Henshaw
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781421404363
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Release: 2012-02-09
Editor: JHU Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Ever wonder why some people have difficulty recognizing faces or why food found delicious in one culture is reviled in another? John M. Henshaw ponders these and other surprising facts in this fascinating and fast-paced tour of the senses. From when stimuli first excite our senses to the near-miraculous sense organs themselves to the mystery of how our brain interprets senses, Henshaw explains the complex phenomena of how we see, feel, taste, touch, and smell. He takes us through the rich history of sensory perception, dating back to Aristotle's classification of the five main senses, and helps us understand the science and technology behind sensory research today. A Tour of the Senses travels beyond our human senses. Henshaw describes artificial sensing technologies and instruments, unusual sensory abilities of the animal kingdom, and techniques for improving, rehabilitating, and even replacing sense organs. This entertaining introduction to sensory science is a clever mix of research findings and real-world stories that helps us understand the complex processes that turn sensory stimuli into sophisticated brain responses.

Basic Data on Hearing Levels of Adults 25 74 Years U S 1971 1975

Basic Data on Hearing Levels of Adults 25 74 Years  U S   1971 1975
Author: Michael Rowland
Pages: 49
ISBN: UCBK:C004993584
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Release: 1979
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Run the Storm

Run the Storm
Author: George Michelsen Foy
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781501184901
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Release: 2019-08-06
Editor: Scribner
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the bestselling tradition of The Perfect Storm and The Finest Hours, “an exquisitely written and dramatic book…a literary page-turner” (Doug Stanton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers)—the 2015 mysterious disappearance of the SS El Faro, a gigantic American cargo ship that sank in the Bermuda Triangle, taking with it thirty-three lives. On October 1, 2015, the SS El Faro, a massive American cargo ship disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 storm. The ship, its hundreds of shipping containers, and its entire crew plummeted to the bottom of the ocean, three miles down. It was the greatest seagoing US merchant marine shipping disaster since World War II. The massive ship had a seasoned crew, state-of-the-art navigation equipment, and advance warning of the storm. It seemed incomprehensible that such a ship could sink so suddenly. How, in this day and age, could something like this happen? Relying on Coast Guard inquest hearings, as well as on numerous interviews, George Michelsen Foy brings us “the most insightful exploration of this unthinkable disaster” (Outside), a story that lasts only a few days, but which grows almost intolerably suspenseful as deep-rooted flaws leading to the disaster inexorably link together and worsen. We see captain, engineers, and crew fight for their lives, and hear their actual words (as recorded on the ship’s black box) while the hurricane relentlessly tightens its noose around the ship. We watch, minute by minute, all that is happening on board—the ship’s mysterious tilt to one side, worried calls to the engine room, ship-to-shore reports, the courage of the men and women as they fight to survive, and the berserk ocean’s savage consumption of the massive hull. And through it all, the pain and ultimate resilience of the families of El Faro’s crew. Now with a new afterword, this “tour de force of nautical expertise” (Ocean Navigator) is a masterwork of stunning power.

Airport Terminal Buildings

Airport Terminal Buildings
Author: United States. Federal Aviation Agency. Airports Division
Pages: 86
ISBN: MINN:30000010556367
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Release: 1960
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Building Systems for Interior Designers

Building Systems for Interior Designers
Author: Corky Binggeli
Pages: 452
ISBN: 9780470228470
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Release: 2010
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Building Systems for interior designers Second Edition Corky Binggeli, asid The updated guide to technical building systems for interior designers As integral members of the building design team, interior designers share an increasingly complex and crucial role. Now revised in its second edition, Building Systems for Interior Designers remains the one go-to resource that addresses the special concerns of the interior designer within the broader context of the rest of the building design team. Building Systems for Interior Designers, Second Edition explains technical building systems and engineering issues in a clear and accessible way to interior designers. Covering systems from HVAC to water and waste to lighting, transportation, and safety, author Corky Binggeli enables interior designers to communicate more effectively with architects, engineers, and contractors; collaborate effectively on projects; and contribute to more accurate solutions for a broad range of building considerations. Among the many improvements in the Second Edition are: A deeper engagement with sustainable building design, giving the interior designer the resources needed to participate as part of a sustainable design team A reshaped structure that enhances the reader's understanding of the material Many more illustrations and explanatory captions With a host of features to make the book more up to date, easier to use, and more effective as an instructive guide, Building Systems for Interior Designers, Second Edition is a valuable book for students as well as a practical desktop reference for professionals.

Finding North

Finding North
Author: George Michelsen Foy
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781250053893
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Release: 2016-05-10
Editor: Flatiron Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Navigation is the key human skill. It's something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship's course. But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory, ourselves? Blending scientific research and memoir, and written in beautiful prose, Finding North starts with a quest by the author to understand this most basic of human skills---and why it's in mortal peril. In 1844, Foy's great-great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm. Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen's death---and the roots of his own obsession with navigation---by re-creating his ancestor's trip using only period instruments. Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women, how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate; and how tragedy results from GPS glitches. He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece. At the heart of Foy's story is this fact: navigation and the brain's memory centers are inextricably linked. As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor's death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimers and other diseases of memory, but to losing a key part of what makes us human.

The Best Australian Science Writing 2011

The Best Australian Science Writing 2011
Author: Stephen Pincock
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781742241050
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Release: 2011
Editor: UNSW Press
Language: en

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DJing For Dummies

DJing For Dummies
Author: John Steventon
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9780470664056
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Release: 2010-07-13
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

How to start and build a successful career as a DJ-from at-home mixing to making demos to playing to a live crowd Whether it's a digital or vinyl track of "Proud Mary," a DJ sets the mood, amps up the excitement, and gets a crowd of revelers rockin'. Often an outsized personality, blessed with a gorgeous voice and an encyclopedic knowledge of music, a DJ is this era's new pop star. For those interested in how to begin a career as a DJ, DJing For Dummies offers newcomers all the technical know-how needed as well as advice on how to create your own DJing style and how to make DJing work for you. With tips on equipment essentials, such as turntables, slipmats and needles, headphones, and amplifiers, as well as buying records, CDs, and MP3s, this practical guide takes you through the basics of mixing, song structure, building a foolproof set, creating a great demo, and what to do when you finally face a live audience. Includes ten resources for expanding your skills and fan base With invaluable advice on ten DJing mistakes to avoid as well as answers to DJ questions you're too afraid to ask Includes updated info on the latest software and techniques, expanded content on digital DJing, and DJing over the Internet With tips on the ten items to take with you when you get a gig, as well as how to DJ at a wedding, DJing For Dummies will help turn your fantasy into an exciting and fun, money-making career.

Hearing Levels of Adults by Age and Sex United States 1960 1962

Hearing Levels of Adults by Age and Sex  United States  1960 1962
Author: Aram Glorig,Jean Roberts
Pages: 34
ISBN: COLUMBIA:HS65094832
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Release: 1965
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Power supplies and amplifiers

Power supplies and amplifiers
Author: United States. Bureau of Naval Personnel
Pages: 329
ISBN: MINN:31951D035480880
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Release: 1965
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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FUNDAMENTALS OF ECOLOGY 3E

FUNDAMENTALS OF ECOLOGY 3E
Author: DASH
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781259081095
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Release: 2021
Editor: Tata McGraw-Hill Education
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book covers all major Fundamentals of Ecology, well-supported by illustrations & exhaustive real-time stats. Application-oriented chapters like Statistical Ecology, Eco- technology & Molecular Ecology have also been provided to help the reader achieve the desired technical edge in the subject.