Historical Introduction



After brief examples from Early Greek studies and from the Renaissance of auditory research, developments during the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries are addressed. This period covers the transition from careful description to formal analysis, and provides the foundation of modern cochlear mechanics, linking medical data to (bio)physical and mathematical concepts.


Hair Cell Temporal Bone Auditory Nerve Eustachian Tube Basilar Membrane 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and Natural SciencesUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.BCN-NeuroImaging CenterGroningenThe Netherlands

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