Math 5: Resources
 SPRING 2007
Theory: General references
 My list of ERRATA for our textbook,
G. Loy, Musimathics, Volume 1 (2006).
Author's website.
 On reserve at the library:
 Arthur Benade, Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics,
(Dover edition, 1990), is a beautiful, nonmathematical introduction
at about our level (in fact with less math than we'll do).
Benade was a renowned researcher of the workings of instruments.
 Fletcher, The Physics of Musical Instruments (1991),
wonderful investigations into details of instrument acoustics,
is more mathematically sophisticated than our course.
Fletcher is known for his original research in this area.
 Rossing, Moore and Wheeler, The Science of Sound,
3rd Ed. (2002). (I think 2nd Ed. is also on reserve).
This massive book introduces many of the
concepts of our course, at our level, with a engineering/physics rather
than math spin.
It tends to be encyclopedic, with a lot of sometimes tedious or
incomprehensible data and graphs on particular instruments,
while missing the elegant universal themes.

Music: A Mathematical Offering
by David J. Benson (Cambridge University Press, 2007),
a freelyavailable 10MB PDF file. This is a wonderful study,
with beautiful and deep musicalmath connections,
and almostobsessive detail about e.g.
tuning systems, Fourier methods, worldmusic instruments, symmetry, etc.
It is at the advanced undergrad math major level, but don't be scared to
dig in!
 Basic Physics of Sound course by Rick Van Kooten at Indiana.
 Wave
and sound applets from Indiana University Southeast.
 Internet Searching Guide: links on assessing web sources and searching,
by our library staff.
 General notes on exam and study
technique (geared mainly towards final exams in intermediatelevel math courses).
Mathematics
Instruments
Music Theory and Perception
Acoustics
Music/sound sources
 DRAM Dartmouth has access to this
NYUbased academic music collection (requires Quicktime plugin to listen via
web streaming).
 Primate vocalizations from Hauser lab at Harvard.