** Discord by Mike Goldsmith

If you’ve ever wished for peace and quiet, you will enjoy Discord: The Story of Noise, which blends technical considerations on the difficulty of measuring noise with a history of noise complaints from medieval times to today, which shows that noise was a problem even before technology made it possible to make lots of it, but that the medical profession did not worry too much about workers going literally deaf after exposure to noise until relatively recently. There seems to be much to do for acoustics specialists to understand noise perception and propose remedies.


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