Historical Background to the Proposal, 40 Years Ago, of an Active Model for Cochlear Frequency Analysis
Professor Thomas Gold, FRS, is best known for his work in astronomy and cosmology — particularly the theory of continuous creation of matter, the nature of pulsars as rapidly-rotating high-density neutron stars, and his controvertial non-biological hypothesis for the origin of oil, currently receiving supporting evidence from a 6 km deep borehole in Sweden. He did, however, start his research career in hearing and published papers [1,2, see also 3] which although prophetic, were not accepted by the auditory establishment at the time.
KeywordsHair Cell Active Model Outer Hair Cell Basilar Membrane Frequency Discrimination
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