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TREVOR COX was born in 1967. He is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at Salford University and President of the Institute of Acoustics. For 15 years, he has been communicating science to the public, ranging from work with schools, through shows at the Royal Albert Hall, to media stories about duck quacks. He has presented 15 science documentaries for BBC radio including ‘Save Our Sounds’ (which won a Radio Academy Award) and ‘Green Ears’ (broadcast last Monday), appeared frequently on television and written for New Scientist. He was a co-originator and judge of BBC Radio 4’s ‘So You Want To Be A Scientist?’, a competition to find Britain’s best amateur scientist.



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The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World

A riveting ear-opener, Trevor Cox describes in lyrical detail a range of sonic events and new ways of listening that can only brighten our experience of the acoustic world around us. A must-read for sound-lovers of all stripes – Bernie Krause, author of THE GREAT ANIMAL ORCHESTRA

A technological travelogue conducted by an expert tour guide, bursting with aural arcana that adds just the right amount of tech-savvy detail, THE SOUND BOOK brings into relief a world often obscured in our image-heavy existence. Even as we follow Cox to the ends of the Earth, what makes his book a real rush is that it's ultimately an ear-buzzing journey to the center of our minds – Greg Milner, PERFECTING SOUND FOREVER

This small encyclopedia of strange sounds reveals how much art there is in the act of listening. Reading it made my ears more mindful – Adam Gopnik

Cox reminds us not only of the sonic marvels we often miss, but also how those sounds affect us – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, squeaking beaches, groaning waterwheels, frogs that croak in Mexican waves, Mayan pyramids that produce echoes that chirp like a bird – these are just a sample of the impressive, strange and surprising sounds that the acoustic engineer Trevor Cox has tracked down in his search for the 'sonic wonders of the world'.

In THE SOUND BOOK, he uses his experiences of visiting sewers, caves, tidal bores, burial mounds, sand dunes, concert halls and more to explore how sound is made and altered by the environment, how our body hears, perceives and reacts to peculiar sounds, and how sounds and acoustics have inspired musicians, artists and writers.

Ranging across a dizzying array of realms including literature, classical music, history, archaeology, psychology, neuroscience, geology, physics, biology and ecology, the book is an original and compelling tour of the worldʼs most amazing acoustic phenomena and the sometimes even stranger people behind them – and a passionate plea for a deeper appreciation of and respect for our shared sonic landscapes. 

Publisher: Norton (US)/Bodley Head/Random House (UK)*
Publication Date: 10 February 2014 (US)/16 January 2014 (UK)
Length: 304 pages

All rights available excluding:
US, UK & Commonwealth

*Published in the UK as SONIC WONDERLAND: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound