By David Pantalony
Rudolph Koenig used to be one of many extra prolific and vibrant device makers within the popular nineteenth-century precision software alternate of Paris. starting his occupation as a violin maker, in 1858 the younger Prussian immigrant shifted his abilities in the direction of the transforming into box of acoustics. Altered Sensations is a portrait of his bright atelier, a spot of building, trade and scan. For over 40 years it was once additionally a well-liked assembly position for scientists, artisans, musicians and lecturers. utilizing archival and assortment examine from throughout North American and Europe, David Pantalony has traced the cloth and social affects of this area at the improvement of recent acoustics. specifically, he has certain the style during which Koenig changed, prolonged, unfold and challenged Hermann von Helmholtz's Sensations of Tone.
A huge a part of the learn on Koenig comes from the particular items of his workshop which continue to exist in museums and collections world wide. the second one component of Altered Sensations presents a listing Raisonné of Koenig’s complete line of tools, together with their historical past, information from particular examples, destinations, and references within the literature. This catalogue will function a pragmatic consultant for curators and researchers in addition to a complete assessment of nineteenth-century acoustical perform.
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Friedrich Philipp Dulk (1788–1852) founded the chemistry institute at Königsberg. His son Albert (1819–1884) was an actor who became a radical journalist during the turmoil of the 1848 revolution. In the first half of the nineteenth century, Königsberg was a renowned location for studying physics, and through his father, Rudolph met several figures in German physics and mathematics. One family friend was Franz Neumann (1798–1895), the head of one of Prussia’s leading seminars in mathematics and physics.
3 Different from Koenig who failed to enter the German academic world yet achieved fame in the Parisian artisan classes, Helmholtz ascended to the top of the social elite of German academic scientists. 4 Hermann von Helmholtz, scientist and amateur musician, was an exemplar of these traditions. Music had always been essential to his life. In 1838 when he left his birthplace in Potsdam to attend medical school at the Friedrich Wilhelm Institute in Berlin, he wrote immediately to his father about the arrival of his piano at his new quarters.
37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. , p. 127. Zhang et al. (1999). html Hosler (1994, p. 3). Jackson (2006). See for example, Jackson’s chapter on pipes and adiabatic phenomena, pp. 111–150. Pinch (2002). For an overview of this innovative approach, see the essays in Taub (2006) or Lubar (1993). Fleming (1982). Pantalony (2008). See Pantalony (2005b) for this method applied to the King Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments at Dartmouth College.
Altered Sensations: Rudolph Koenig’s Acoustical Workshop in Nineteenth-Century Paris by David Pantalony