The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe

3.91 avg rating
( 128 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780387944746: The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe

For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and express. Jamie James allows readers to see how this scientific philosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of the universe and the rise of Romanticism, and to what extent it survives today - if at all. From Pythagoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, and on to the twentieth century of Einstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cage and Glass. A spellbinding examination of the interwoven fates of science and music throughout history.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed the universe was a stately; ordered mechanism - mathematical and musical. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony (perfect, spiritual, eternal) which composers sought to capture and express. With The Music of the Spheres, readers will see how this scientific philosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of the universe and the rise of Romanticism, and to what extent (if at all) it survives today. From Pythagoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, and on into the twentieth century, it is a spellbinding examination of the interwoven fates of science and music throughout history.

About the Author:

Jamie James is the New York music critic for the London Times and a frequent contributor to the Sunday New York Times. Born in Houston, Texas, he now lives in New York City.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

James, Jamie
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Item doesn't include CD/DVD. Bookseller Inventory # 1570482

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Jamie James
Published by Springer-Verlag New York Inc. (1995)
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Springer-Verlag New York Inc., 1995. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780387944746

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

James, Jamie
Published by Copernicus (2017)
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Paperback Quantity Available: 20
Print on Demand
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Copernicus, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0387944745

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Jamie James
Published by Springer-Verlag New York Inc., United States (1995)
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Springer-Verlag New York Inc., United States, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st ed. 1993. 2nd printing 1995. 231 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and express. Jamie James allows readers to see how this scientific philosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of the universe and the rise of Romanticism, and to what extent it survives today - if at all. From Pythagoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, and on to the twentieth century of Einstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cage and Glass. A spellbinding examination of the interwoven fates of science and music throughout history. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780387944746

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Jamie James
Published by Springer-Verlag New York Inc., United States (1995)
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Springer-Verlag New York Inc., United States, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st ed. 1993. 2nd printing 1995. 231 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and express. Jamie James allows readers to see how this scientific philosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of the universe and the rise of Romanticism, and to what extent it survives today - if at all. From Pythagoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, and on to the twentieth century of Einstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cage and Glass. A spellbinding examination of the interwoven fates of science and music throughout history. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780387944746

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Jamie James
Published by Copernicus Books
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Paperback Quantity Available: 20
Seller
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Copernicus Books. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 264 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 0.8in.For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and express. Jamie James allows readers to see how this scientific philosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of the universe and the rise of Romanticism, and to what extent it survives today - if at all. From Pythagoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, and on to the twentieth century of Einstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cage and Glass. A spellbinding examination of the interwoven fates of science and music throughout history. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780387944746

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

James, Jamie
Published by Copernicus 1995-06 (1995)
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Quantity Available: 5
Print on Demand
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Copernicus 1995-06, 1995. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-LSI-06948636

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.84
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

James, Jamie
Published by Copernicus (1995)
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Copernicus, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780387944746

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Jamie James
Published by Copernicus (1995)
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Copernicus, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0387944745

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Jamie James
Published by Springer-Verlag New York Inc. (1995)
ISBN 10: 0387944745 ISBN 13: 9780387944746
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Springer-Verlag New York Inc., 1995. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 3 to 5 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780387944746

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.55
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book