An Unorthodox Conception Of Being; A Synthetic Philosophy Of Ontology by William Ellsworth HermanceAn Unorthodox Conception Of Being; A Synthetic Philosophy Of Ontology by William Ellsworth Hermance

An Unorthodox Conception Of Being; A Synthetic Philosophy Of Ontology

byWilliam Ellsworth Hermance

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1912. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII SOUND MY theory of sound and the transmission of a soundwave is based on "atomic motion" instead of "mechanical motion." I assume that the variation of the size of the orbit of the atoms of any body may, within certain limits, be perceived as sound. The amount of variation impresses us as intensity. The number of atoms from which a variation initiates we interpret as volume. The frequency with which these variations occur we perceive as pitch. The energy of the abnormally large orbit is transmitted to adjacent atoms. The velocity of this transmission is proportionate to the speed of the revolution of the atoms of the transmitting medium; the closeness of the atoms (density of the medium); and the ratio of Force to Power (as temperature) which might change the speed of revolution of the atoms of a given medium. I assume the atoms to be in constant revolution. The transmission of a sound-wave is the transmission of the variation in the size of the orbits of this revolution. It is, therefore, atomic and in no sense mechanical. I will refer again to the illustration of the spinning tops. Let us assume an area filled with tops without motion, another area of tops whose rotation is not sufficient to prevent a certain degree of orbital motion with just sufficient space between them for the orbit. Now, with a definite degree of energy, insert a stick in the centre of the area of motionless tops. The resulting movements of the tops would be proportionate to the energy necessary to insert the stick. That is, the area of the tops would have to be limited to a quantity that could be moved by the definite amount of energy used in the movement. The absolute lateral motion of each top in the circumference would be much less than the motion of the tops adjacen...
Title:An Unorthodox Conception Of Being; A Synthetic Philosophy Of OntologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217173934

ISBN - 13:9780217173933