Author Topic: This Is Your Brain on Music - The Science of a Human Obsession  (Read 397 times)

Offline Aimless

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This Is Your Brain on Music - The Science of a Human Obsession
« on: January 12, 2008, 09:17:35 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Brain-Music-Obsession/dp/0525949690

I got a paperback edition of this book as a Christmas/birthday present, and although I've just begun reading it I feel certain many of you may be interested in checking it out. Esp. those of you who, like most people in this world, enjoy music :P you don't have to have any prior knowledge of neuroscience or of music theory, but if you do, don't worry, it won't ruin anything for you.

If you like the subject matter, do give this book a try. The opening pages are a little dry and a little wishy-washy, but after that it really picks up. Levitin's experience as a scientist and as a musician really does a lot to make the writing v. enjoyable :) I'm a little worried by the size of the book (it's pretty short!), but so far it's been great, and the endorsements  (by eg. Oliver Sacks!) are reassuring...
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2008, 07:42:13 PM »
You know, I'll be going to a lecture on this topic at the end of this month. :P
The simplest thing is to work with n-dimensional Minkowski spacetime.

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2008, 01:13:07 AM »
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You know, I'll be going to a lecture on this topic at the end of this month. :P
What part? music theory? ;)
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2008, 02:17:47 AM »
reception of music in the brain.
The simplest thing is to work with n-dimensional Minkowski spacetime.

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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2008, 08:29:12 AM »
Does it discuss acoustical love songs?