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In Reply to: RE: Olson posted by Inmate51 on February 16, 2017 at 07:28:16
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The earlier Elements Of Acoustical Engineering (AKA Elephants Of Acoustical Engineering In The Room) was also reprinted in paperback several years ago as a Nabu Public Domain Reprint. Just to add to the confusion, an original work published before 1923 (!) is referenced in the publisher preface. This paperback may still be available, and quite a bargain for anyone not willing to pay the $70+ for the 1991 Professional Audio Journals reprint of the 1957 version of Acoustical Engineering with the blue hard cover. In case anyone is still not confused enough, the online link here lists the original edition of Elements Of Acoustical Eng. from 1940, with a 2nd Ed. in 1947, and another 2nd Ed. in 1957 and a reprint in 1960!
Anyway enough complaining, and thanks for the link for all to see. I'm still not admitting that I own any of this stuff due to all the confusion. For some engineering high drama see p. 23 in the link and see the spherical enclosure moping the floor with the various other types tested. I predict that this will again be re-discovered, and remember that you heard it here first that you saw it there first.
there's this 1940 version of "Elements" At The Internet Archive
Thanks for the extra link, and there's also a link from that page to another online copy of Elements at the Biodiversity Library. BTW the 1991 reprint of Ac. Eng. is apparently out of print again and "collectible" as the prices on Amazon reveal: $480-$800! Anyway the most important stuff, including the Horn chapter, is in the Elements version which is in the public domain.
Spot-checking the PDF Table of Contents, this 1960 reprint does agree with my 1957 hardcover. However, the photo of the book's spine at the beginning is wrong. "Elements of Acoustical Engineering" was the earlier work. "Acoustical Engineering" (as shown in the photo which I provided) is the later work.
Audiophiles who wish learn more about the fundamentals, as well as related important areas such as musical instrument characteristics and room acoustics, but don't want to wade through Acoustical Engineering, should get "Music, Physics and Engineering" also by Harry Olson. Last I checked, it was still available in paperback.
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