The Music of the Spheres by Jamie James
Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe

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For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed thatthe universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, mathematical andmusical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored(and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes that formed chordesand scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divineharmony (perfect, spiritual, eternal) that composers sought to captureand express.

With The Music of the Spheres, readers will see how this scientificphilosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of theuniverse and the rise of Romanticism, and to what extent (if at all)it survives today. From Pythogoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, andon into the twentieth century of Einstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky,Cage, and Glass, it is a spellbinding examination of the interwovenfates of science and music throughout history.


About Jamie James

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James writes about science & the arts
Published April 24, 1995 by Springer. 290 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Science & Math, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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From Pythagoras onward, music was perceived as a mirror of cosmic harmony and of the Supreme Intelligence believed to pervade the universe.

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