Musical Acoustics
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(Left) Tom Rossing strikes a Balinese gong to hear its characteristic sounds. Studies of ancient musical instruments indicate the complexities of both the art and science associated with their construction.

(Right) Carleen M. Hutchins tests violin plates in a laboratory in her own home. A skilled craftsman as well as a scientist, she has financed much of her research by constructing violins and violas of the highest quality. In 1963 she and her colleagues founded the Catgut Acoustical Society, which now has 800 members all over the world, to promote research on string instruments. Their most notable achievement has been the development of a "new family of violins."

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