By David Pantalony
Rudolph Koenig used to be one of many extra prolific and vibrant device makers within the popular nineteenth-century precision software alternate of Paris. starting his profession as a violin maker, in 1858 the younger Prussian immigrant shifted his skills in the direction of the becoming box of acoustics. Altered Sensations is a portrait of his brilliant atelier, a spot of development, trade and scan. For over 40 years it used to be additionally a well-liked assembly position for scientists, artisans, musicians and academics. utilizing archival and assortment learn from throughout North American and Europe, David Pantalony has traced the fabric and social impacts of this house at the improvement of recent acoustics. particularly, he has distinctive the style during which Koenig changed, prolonged, unfold and challenged Hermann von Helmholtz's Sensations of Tone.
A huge a part of the study on Koenig comes from the particular items of his workshop which live on in museums and collections around the globe. the second one element of Altered Sensations offers a list Raisonné of Koenig’s complete line of tools, together with their heritage, information from particular examples, destinations, and references within the literature. This catalogue will function a pragmatic advisor for curators and researchers in addition to a accomplished review of nineteenth-century acoustical perform.
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1973, pp. 40–43). Silbermann was most likely Ignace Joseph Silbermann, demonstrator at the College de France. Lindsay p. 42 notes how he advised on the weather at Andler’s. Silbermann also produced a series of stunning and colourful didactic paintings on optical studies, Brenni (2007). Quoted in Lindsay (1973, p. 40). Champfluery (1872, p. 189). , p. 186. Mack (1970, pp. 57–63). Thompson (2002). For general account of 20th century acoustics, see Beyer (1998). Wittje (2003). Jackson (2006). Chapter 1 Training In the cluttered storeroom of the Physical Sciences collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, amidst thousands of historic scientific instruments, it is not difficult to spot the woodwork of Rudolph Koenig.
2009 1 2 1 Training Fig. 1 Barbareu sonometer. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, cat. no. 314, 589, neg. 001. Photo by Steve Turner Königsberg was a thriving port town on the Baltic Sea adorned with the architecture of the Hanseatic League, a castle where Prussian kings had been crowned, and the Kneiphöf island in the centre of town where the philosopher Immanuel Kant, Königsberg’s most famous citizen, was buried in the Dome Church.
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