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  • Published: 2 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407073682
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 25
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The Music Instinct Brain Shot



BRAIN SHOT: Byte-sized survey of what is known - and what is still unknown - about how music works and why it is indispensible to humanity

All human cultures seem to make music - today and through history. But why they do so, why music can excite deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all are questions that have, until recently, remained profoundly mysterious. Now in The Music Instinct Brain Shot Philip Ball provides the first comprehensive, accessible survey of what is known - and what is still unknown - about how music works its magic, and why, as much as eating and sleeping, it seems indispensable to humanity.

BRAIN SHOT: Byte-sized survey of what is known - and what is still unknown - about how music works and why it is indispensible to humanity

  • Published: 2 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407073682
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 25
Categories:

About the author

Philip Ball

Philip Ball writes regularly in the scientific and popular media and worked for many years as an editor for physical sciences at Nature. His books cover a wide range of scientific and cultural phenomena, and include Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another (winner of the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books), The Music Instinct, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything,Serving The Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Science Under Hitler and Invisible: The History of the Unseen from Plato to Particle Physics.

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Praise for The Music Instinct Brain Shot

A truly fascinating and eye-opening account of a phenomenon so commonplace we barely think about it, yet one which is also mind-bogglingly complicated. Once you've read The Music Instinct, you'll never listed to music the same way again

Doug Johnstone, Independent

Remarkable capacity to use words to open our ears

Damian Thompson, Sunday Telegraph, Book of the Week

I defy anyone to read this book without coming away better informed about why music affects us in such a profound way... His passion for music is evident on every page, and his enthusiasms are infectious.

Bee Wilson, The Sunday Times

If you try listening to music after reading this book, you'll probably hear it differently - more knowingly, even

Tom Payne, Telegraph

This book surveys current thinking and tells you why music rocks

rev’d Iain Finlayson, Times

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