Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Thomas Rossing
      Pages 1-6
  3. Propagation of Sound

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-204
    2. Thomas Rossing
      Pages 9-24
    3. Alan Pierce
      Pages 25-111
    4. Keith Attenborough
      Pages 113-147
    5. William Kuperman, Philippe Roux
      Pages 149-204
  4. Physical and Nonlinear Acoustics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-297
    2. Mack Breazeale, Michael McPherson
      Pages 207-238
    3. Gregory Swift
      Pages 239-255
    4. Werner Lauterborn, Thomas Kurz, Iskander Akhatov
      Pages 257-297
  5. Architectural Acoustics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-425
    2. Anders Gade
      Pages 301-350
    3. James Cowan
      Pages 387-425
  6. Hearing and Signal Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 427-530
    2. Eric Young
      Pages 429-457
    3. Brian Moore
      Pages 459-501
    4. William Hartmann
      Pages 503-530
  7. Music, Speech, Electroacoustics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 531-781

About this book


Acoustics, the science of sound, has developed into a broad interdisciplinary field encompassing the academic disciplines of physics, engineering, psychology, speech, audiology, music, architecture, physiology, neuroscience, and others. The Springer Handbook of Acoustics is an unparalleled modern handbook reflecting this richly interdisciplinary nature edited by one of the acknowledged masters in the field, Thomas Rossing. Researchers and students benefit from the comprehensive contents spanning: animal acoustics including infrasound and ultrasound, environmental noise control, music and human speech and singing, physiological and psychological acoustics, architectural acoustics, physical and engineering acoustics, signal processing, medical acoustics, and ocean acoustics. This handbook reviews the most important areas of acoustics, with emphasis on current research. The authors of the various chapters are all experts in their fields. Each chapter is richly illustrated with figures and tables. The latest research and applications are incorporated throughout, e.g. computer recognition and synthesis of speech, physiological acoustics, psychological acoustics, thermoacoustics, diagnostic imaging and therapeutic applications and acoustical oceanography.

With a Foreword by Manfred R. Schroeder


Key Topics


  • Physical and Engineering Acoustics
  • Signal Processing in Acoustics
  • Physiological and Psychological Acoustics
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Medical Acoustics
  • Ocean Acoustics
  • Environmental Noise Control
  • Musical Acoustics, Human Speech and Singing

  • Animal Acoustics (Infrasound and Ultrasound)



  • Contains over 960 two-color illustrations.
  • Includes over 80 comprehensive tables.
  • Emphasizes physical concepts over extensive mathematical derivations.
  • Delivers a wealth of up-to-date references.
  • Parts and chapters with summaries, detailed index and fully searchable CD-ROM guarantee quick access to data and links to other sources.

Audio and video files on CD-ROM.


Acoustic Holography Acoustics Assembly, Concert Hall Acoustics Bioacoustics Building Acoustics Linear/Nonlinear Acoustics MRWCat2006 Musical Acoustics,Speech and Singing Noise Physiological Acoustics Structural Acoustics and Vibration Thermoacoustics Underwater Acoustics

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Computer Research in Music and AcousticsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-30446-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-30425-0
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