Savart, Félix - Correspondence S2650-101

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Correspondence (11) between CMH and librarians and others about Savart; between Margery Quigley and CMH.


Type of resource mixed material
Date created 1960
Language English
Digital origin reformatted digital


Creator Savart, Félix , 1791-1841

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Biographical/Historical note A pioneer acoustician and expert experimentalist who started on a medical career, but when patients were slow in coming he turned to experiments with the violin and began to devote himself to the study of acoustics and explored a wide range of subjects from the acoustics of air, the human voice, bird songs, vibrating solids and the sounds in flowing liquids. This latter is particularly interesting to cardio-vascular researchers today, so much so that V.A. McKusick and H.K. Wiskind wrote a monograph on Savart's life and work with extensive references to his many publications (see copy in file). Savart's pioneering research on the acoustics of the violin is basic to much of the work being done today, such as the Chladni pattern method of tuning violin plates, vibrations of the air in the violin, and of the bowed string. Much of this was also described in his MEMOIRE of 1819 as well as in his lectures reproduced in the periodical l'INSTITUT. The CAS obtained copies of these in French which were translated by Donald A. Fletcher, (see file), portions of which are in Benchmark Vols. 5 and 6.
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Location M1711
Repository Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives

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